I am obsessed with car design. Passionately, emotionally into it. Cars are a huge part of our lives. We see them constantly - they are everywhere. When not seeing them on the road for a substantial portion of our day, we see advertisements for them and see them in films and on television. They are omniprescent.
I am completely disgusted by today’s crop of new automobiles. They are uniformly bulky, awkward looking, and asymmetrical. The logos on the grills are colossal, particularly Toyota and Cadillac. The door handles are huge and cheap looking. The lines, frequently, are completely off-kilter. And I’m absolutely disgusted by it. The dissonance that it is causing in my mind is a constant source of anguish.
Take a look at my favorite car - the 1971 Mustang Mach 1. This car is a work of art. Look at the way the window gently curves upward towards the rear, and then look at how the nose of the car gently curves downward to balance it. It’s one long horizontal S-shape - sleek, flowing, and beautiful. The Mustang logo is tiny - you know it’s a Mustang from a mile away, you don’t need a giant logo to tell you. The car looks like a knife ready to slice through the air. It looks sleek and fast, but SOLID at the same time, it has a substantial body, but isn’t bulky.
Compare that to the 2005 Mustang. Big rounded fenders. A giant horse logo. A big humped window, a cheap-looking door handle with a big recessed circle underneath (the ugliest-looking kind of door handle since it awkwardly mixes rectangular and spherical shapes.) The body is too “chunky” looking, too bulky, too tall and not long enough to counterbalance it. It just looks horrible. It makes me literally sad that such a beautiful, unique car design, the Mustang, is going through these horrible incarnations. Even the old, boxy late-80s 'Stangs were not so obnoxiously quasi-futuristic as these monstrosities.
Oh, baby! The Mustang isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Behold, the Nissan Pathfinder Armada. This is the ugliest SUV ever designed. It literally looks like two different vehicles smashed together. The rear of it looks like a combination of an H3 and a 2007 Escalade, more bulky-ass cheap looking SUVs despite their gargantuan price tags. Look at how the two rear windows are completely askew, their lines clashing like Rome with Carthage. A humped curve, then a straight lined rectangle with rounded edges - a more awkward, unsightly, asymmetrical design never existed. Even the roof rack is in two differently-sized pieces. The fenders are a horrible rectangular shape and are raised almost to the level of the damn windows. This SUV looks like it was designed by Picasso. On LSD. Wearing a blindfold.
Audis and Volkswagens look like slugs, bulky and rounded, with cheap looking plastic everywhere and giant ugly door handles. The Chevy HHR looks like an utter piece of shit. The BMW 3-series has a big strip of cheap black plastic running along the side. Even the Chevy Suburban, vehicle of choice for badass black-suited goons with earpieces everywhere, is curvy and emasculated-looking.
I could go on and on but any car people will know what I mean when I say that the styling of modern cars only seems to be getting worse and worse.