Volkswagen to Make It Simple Stupid!

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
volkswagen to make it simple stupid
Parlare con CAR, VW design guru Walt de'Silva admits he isn't exactly thrilled about VeeDub's current design direction. Pensare? The Jetta looks like a Corolla and the Passat looks like a bar of soap. So VW’s styling will "return to simple design language that’s easy to understand – a clear hierarchy of grilles and rear-end treatment." Scribe Adam Towler says "Expect the next generation of VWs to have spiritually more in common with the late 1990s range of cars rather than the current set." For those of us that have long lamented the descent of VW into aspirations of ascent, this is fantastic news. The biggest question: where will this makeover leave the Volkswagen brand in the European market? When Ferdinand Piech decided to take VW into Mercedes territory, matching the Mercs models for model, Skoda and Seat filled VW's cheap and cheerful, honest and robust, everyday car remit. Maledetto! It sounds like someone has too many brands.
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  • John Horner John Horner on Jun 25, 2008

    I sure hope VW gets back to the cool, clean style we used to call Tectonic. I thought the 88-93 Passat with no visible grill was one of the best looking cars of it's day. The motor mouse seat belts, on the other hand, were horrible. It was quick enough and great handling. The current Passat is simply too much gadgetry and overstyled. So yes please, bring back clean, elegant and functional styling. Wagons and hatches!

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Jun 25, 2008

    I want a VW Saveiro

  • Dimwit Dimwit on Jun 26, 2008

    They hit their pinnacle with the Mark IV's. Well designed and well built. They really had no where to go for "improvement" styling wise. It's interesting what they've been doing with the City cars up here. There's a ton of them around -- killer price points -- and if they'd stick a TDI into a City there'd be no stopping them, of course it would kill the Mark V's.

  • Blankfocus Blankfocus on Jun 26, 2008

    i enjoy the current styling of the MKV GTI (ehh on the jetta)