QOTD: Cribbing Their Homework?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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]

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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.

  • Cprescott I remember when Fords were affordable.
  • Cprescott As a once very LOYAL FORD buyer, I had to replace my 22 year old Ford (bought new in 1997) once it finally started to have problems at 180k miles. I would have gladly purchased something like this from Ford but they abandoned me as a car buyer. Oddly, Hyundai still builds cars in a variety of flavors so I became a customer of theirs and am very happy. Likely will consider another once this one gets up in mileage.
  • SCE to AUX A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.
  • Dukeisduke Lol, it's not exactly a Chevrolet SS with Holden badging.
  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.