By on September 16, 2010

As The Wall Street Journal‘s Dan Neil explains, pedestrians aren’t just annoying, they’re also responsible (in part) for some of the most astonishingly dull designs in all of autodom… like the 2011 VW Jetta. Trends towards rising beltlines, strangely high hoods, reduced visibility, and general carved-from-cheese-ishness in automotive design can all be tied to European pedestrian crash test standards. With a little help from unimaginative designers, global product strategies and consumer apathy, of course.

Recent Comments

  • Jeff S: Same reason as GM, to save all those UAW jobs. Hecho in Mexico & China.
  • darex: Remind me again WHY we bailed Chrysler out?
  • I_like_stuff: I got my license at around 4pm. By 5pm I was with my friends on the freeway going about 100pmh. No app...
  • smartascii: I think this actually has to do with pedestrian impact regulations. If the hood comes all the way...
  • Compaq Deskpro: Clarification: The Expedition driver was a sympathetic mom, not my mom.

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