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2012 Volkswagen Passat (Design Critique)

January 27th, 2011 No comments

     Once upon a time, Volkswagen was known for selling simple and inexpensive cars. The unconventional simplicity of the automaker’s designs carried over into the brand’s straightforward nomenclature designating its vehicles as the Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3. Somewhere in its history, VW decided to be more than just the company that provided Beetles and Microbuses. Read more…

2010 Jaguar XJL (Design Critique)

December 30th, 2010 No comments

      After nearly two decades of unprofitableness under the ownership of Ford, Jaguar management has been quite eager to re-establish the British brand as a viable automaker. Jaguars have long been considered beautiful cars, but somehow that has failed to make them sell in volumes that would make the brand profitable. Starting with the XF, Jaguar has attempted to bring some modern shapes and designs into the fold, abandoning the overtly classic looking S-type and XJ sedans. The new XJ and XJL are an even greater departure from classic Jaguar sedans. Where the XF was a departure for Jaguar, it would have been a controversial design for any automaker due to its unconventionally styled D-pillar. It is a shame that the designers felt compelled to push the boundaries of automotive design, because the rest of the XJ design seems to work quite well. Read more…

2010 Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept (Design Critique)

March 5th, 2010 No comments

      As a traditional Cadillac enthusiast, I have felt Cadillac’s lineup has been somewhat incomplete since the departure of the magnificent Fleetwood at the end of 1996.  While that car shared its powertrain entirely with the top-line offerings from Chevrolet and Buick, it was a car that was unmistakably a Cadillac.  It was the ultimate car for being pampered and its sheer size made it the most imposing car on the road at the time.  In its absence the smaller front-wheel-drive Deville had to hold its own against the likes of the Lincoln Town Car – a job it did well.  In the decade and a half since Cadillac’s last body-on frame rear wheel drive sedan was built, the top end luxury market has erupted in an all-out war between the Audi A8, Lexus LS-variants, and the Mercedes-Benz S-class.  While the Town Car is still in production, Ford threatens to discontinue it on nearly a yearly basis and does little to promote or improve it.   Now Lincoln calls the Mercury-like MKS the flagship of its line.  Yet another Taurus-based Lincoln, it is as if Ford has thrown in the towel as being a true competitor in the luxury class. Read more…

2010 Buick Regal GS Concept (Design Critique)

March 5th, 2010 No comments

      The revival of the Buick Regal name is surprising, largely in that it seems like the model name has been gone for only a couple model years.  In fact, the Regal was last used on Buick’s version of the w-car platform in 2004.  It was a buckets and console version of the mild Buick Century.  The new car is a departure for Buick in that it will offer no V6 and a choice of manual or automatic 6 speed transmissions.  Buick is marketing the LaCrosse as a Lexus competitor.  If that is the case, this car seems to take aim at the Acura TSX – at least in powertrain configurations.  Based heavily on the Opel Insignia, the car was thought to be planned as the replacement for the Saturn Aura.  Since the Saturn experiment has now been terminated and Pontiac  eliminated, the time was right for Buick to offer such an agile small sedan. Read more…

2010 Buick LaCrosse (Design Critique)

March 3rd, 2010 No comments

    The new Buick LaCrosse is such a fresh departure from the w-car based model that introduced the nameplate that we felt a Design Critique was in order.  That car looked old from the beginning, and worse, bore a large resemblance to the then-current Ford Taurus from nearly any angle.  Read more…