Light Entertainment: Answers To the Matching Taillight Challenge
Last week, we showed you four different vehicles, each with strikingly similar taillamps. So began the Taillamp Identification Challenge. (Un)fortunately, Flybrian was around, and came up with the correct answers just 10 minutes after the post went live.
So, the challenge was short lived, and all props go to Flybrian’s keen taillamp eye. It’s almost like he knows cars, or is a car dealer perhaps. Time for the official results.
1. Lincoln MKS
The first-generation MKS, which replaced the Town Car as Lincoln’s full-size sedan, showed up in 2009 with this familiar taillamp design.
A facelift for 2013 changed the rear lenses, making them sweeping and decidedly less upright.
2. Kia Rio 5
The Kia Rio5 (that means hatchback) is our second challenge lamp.
Between 2005 (2006 for North America) and 2009 the Rio5 sported this un-unique look, while a facelift in 2010 smoked the rear lenses and revised some of the detailing. The shape of the lens remained the same in what would be this generation’s final year.
3. Maserati Quattroporte
New for 2004, the Maserati Quattroporte sported modern, aerodynamic styling not found on Quattroporte models of yore.
Could this vehicle be the genesis of the suddenly popular lamp style? You be the judge. One more vehicle awaits.
4. Kia Amanti
The Kia Amanti was also available in 2004.
The Amanti was the top sedan offering from Kia, a premium model that soldiered on through 2009 in North America. Kia had no replacement for the Amanti on our shores until 2014, with the debut of the Cadenza.
There you have it. Four different cars from three different countries of origin, sharing a design element like it’s a bowl of chips.
[Images: Ford Motor Company, Kia Motors, Maserati]
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