QOTD: Cribbing Their Homework?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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qotd cribbing their homework

Judging from the comments on yesterday’s post about what the new C8’s rump might look like, most of you lot aren’t quite sold on the possibility of Corvette copying some of Camaro’s homework. One commenter used the word ‘ersatz’, for which he gets extra TTAC points.

This got us thinking: is there ever an appropriate time for an automaker to reprise styling cues on another model?

Your author votes ‘yes’ … but only if it is done correctly. Take the current crop of gonzo pickups at Ford, for example. The Ranger Raptor (a model not sold on these shores, much to my annoyance) cribs the grille style of its big brother F-150 Raptor quite well. It is integrated into its schnoz with a just-right amount of aggro and draws a direct line of relation between the two trucks. In that application, it works.

But elsewhere? Not so much. At Lexus, the spindle grille which looks okay on the LC simply appears to be an oversized Gillette 9000 razor blade when scaled up for duty on the GX. The effect was the same when Acura had their cleft palate grilles — they seemed okay-ish on small cars but grotesque on the jumbo-sized ZDX.

Super-sizing a successful styling feature seems to be fraught with difficulty, then. Only time will tell if a Camaro-esque rear on the new Corvette will play in Peoria.

What are some of your notable examples — good and bad — of manufacturers cribbing their own homework?

[Images: General Motors; Ford]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

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  • Andre Robinson Andre Robinson on Jul 12, 2019

    Oh, forgot the obvious, every Audi and BMW. "Same sausage, different length".

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 15, 2019

    The Corvette picture - this has been bothering me and I have to say it (just in time for the "07.18.19" reveal as it turns out): --> The skin tag on that door is just not acceptable. Mary Barra was right to wear black, because we are witnessing the death of a brand.

  • Kwik_Shift One day I'll bring myself around to trying one of these out, with manual transmission. They look fun.
  • Zipper69 It worked in London, because the center of that city is a medieval layout ON TOP of a Roman layout, both designed for horse drawn traffic.Manhattan's grid and the available public transport options are a different matter.
  • Jkross22 To give a sense of priorities, Oakland has had a 50% jump in car thefts from last year. 40 cars per day are stolen in Oakland. Also in Oakland.... the city has a shortage of 911 operators so if/when you call, you're SOL. That is because they are saying no one is applying to the open 911 jobs. When an audit was recently done, over 1000 applicants applied to the 911 jobs, but no one had contacted them. Any of them. HR still earns the term "human remains". After Xi Xingpeng returned to China from his SF visit, all of the homeless people returned to the streets of San Francisco. They were all magically whisked away for his visit, something our governor was quite proud of doing. Makes you wonder why SF residents can't get that kind of treatment everyday. With all of the big problems solved, CA reps can focus on the real problems in the state.... making those MAGA rural volleyball team buses go all electric no matter whether EV buses make sense or not. And this guy wants to be president.....
  • Kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh Dear whiny people .. keep a small number of diesel busses. replace the rest .. my god people like sticking poles in their own bike spokes...
  • Canam23 I moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and the air was barely breathable. Thanks to the mandating of pollution controls and the work of the Air Quality Management District, it's 100% better today. When the first pollution targets were set in the 70's, Detroit moaned that it would be impossible to achieve, meanwhile the Japanese sat down and figured out how to do it. As a result of the constant strengthening of the anti pollution laws, our air is much less dangerous for our children. Furthermore, engineering has now created very clean, powerful and efficient engines. So Stellantis, I'm not buying it.