JimSmith - 4/16/2006 3:28 PM
Overall I find the trend in body designs to be dreadfully ugly. First BMW brought out one fugly car after another, until all their cars now share some kind of seriously unattractive feature or two. Then VW and Audi followed suit. Now MB.
It used to be German cars were designed to best achieve some performance feature, normally safety or economy, and still have a good balance of proportions. Now they look like the kid in the back room at J.C. Whitney is just gluing leftover, cheap junk parts all over them.
I used to look forward to the new models. Now I dread them. No real performance improvements, just more electronic claptrap to break and cost money after the warranty, and just plain fugliness in design. The E is the next to go. What was the point of those ribs sticking down? Jim
Hear, Hear, Mr. Jim!
This pointy grille is losing me, I want to see a flatter, more upright, w123esque grille again. Something that at least hints to the past, beyond the star and basic grille, they have lost all design cues that harken back to the greats.
The w210 had it, the w140 did and the w202 was unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz. What happened?
For a company that, of late, has relied almost exclusivly on said heritage to Peddle their wares, they surely aren't relying on it enough!
A German automobile(to me) is one of restrained elegance, of spartan, but well furnished interiors, of first-rate driving dynamics. This new front-end treatment follows a more ameriasian trend of sculptural plastics. If I want swoopy plastic that looks like an 8th grader designed it in study hall, I shall seek a pontiac, not a Benz.
Shame on them. [V]