What's Wrong With This Picture: China Embraces Its Styling Heritage Edition
October 5th, 2009 2:06 PM Share
Ask a gearhead about Chinese auto styling, and the adjective most likely to come up is “derivative.” Or at least “crude.” Cars like the Rolls-aping Hongqi HQD helped build these unflattering associations, but this picture proves that they aren’t always true. This HQE, the chosen chariot for Hu Jintao’s National Day parade appearance [via Gasgoo], reaches back to FAW-Hongqi’s own heritage (rather than, say, the Robb Report) for inspiration. That’s a good trend for an industry that was fast becoming a car blog punchline.
Published October 5th, 2009 1:27 PM
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I have hearts for the spiky eyelashes around the headlights.....do the eyelids blink too?
Quite priceless. It says made in china pretty vividly. The back end is pretty nice, its a phantom design after all. I think its sad where China is when it comes to style. Although the US has been pretty bad too. The 70-90s where a scary time to be an American car buyer. Now so many cars look so alike I'm almost bi-polar, Not sure whether to be depressed or feel superior to another. The New Buick looks like an Acura that looks like an Accord that looks like a Hyundai, That looks like a Kia that looks like a Ford. I may be cocky, but I think its sad that China can't do better. Their are plenty of asian anime cartoons to learn from.
I love chinese car design. It's like they photoshop a current Western model with an Etch-A-Sketch.
Are those... eyelashes???