QOTD: Would Ya Look at That…

Matthew Guy
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The internet collectively lost its mind when Elon Musk rolled out his Cybertruck last week in California. More polarizing than the ends of two magnets, people either loved or hated the thing. But — and this is key — regardless on which side of the fence a person stood, it seemed that everyone was surprised by how the thing looked.

Today’s QOTD is easy: what other vehicle debuts caught you off-guard?

Most people’s jaws were set agape when Ford rolled the then-new GT on stage back at the 2015 Detroit show. Keeping a secret like that under wraps in this day and age when all hands have a camera in their pocket is nearly impossible. Yet, at the time, Ford pulled it off.

Your author will confess to being surprised when Jeep announced the name for its pickup truck we now know as the Gladiator. It’s a good job I’m not a betting man, as I would have lost untold riches wagering it was going to be called the Scrambler.

Surely there has been at least one product announcement that caught you off guard. Chime in below.

[Images: Tesla/Mecum/FCA]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Nov 27, 2019

    I can think of quite a few that disturbed me. Maybe not as much than the Cybertruck does. These are some of the ones that came after I started driving in 1972. Just about every ford car made from 1970 until 2000. 1974 AMC Matador. WTF is with those giant wheelwells? 1974 Mustang II. Even as someone who didn't really ever like Mustang styling, this thing was just sad. 1975 AMC Pacer. Oh boy. 1980 GM X cars. It had to be drugs. 1990 Chevy Lumina "Dustbuster". Yikes. 2000 Pontiac Aztek. More drugs. 2003 Dodge Durango It was just wrong. The previous gen. was decent looking. 2010 Chevy Camaro. W-T-F? 2016 Chevy Camaro. Made it even worse looking. I don't understand.

  • -Nate -Nate on Nov 27, 2019

    I like the photo on top ~ it looks like the usual desert road testing out by California City . I don't hate this truck, it just doesn't talk to me, I'm old so mayhap younger folks who'll actually _buy_ a new light truck will like it ? . The 1964 Ford Mustang ~ I didn't care for it but it sure was a big thing when it came . -Nate

  • Ernesto Perez There's a line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis says " is this the best idea NASA came up with?". Don't quote me. I'm asking is this the best idea NY came up with? What's next? Charging pedestrians to walk in certain parts of the city? Every year the price for everything gets more expensive and most of the services we pay for gets worse. Obviously more money is not the solution. What we need are better ideas, strategies and inventions. You want to charge drivers in the city - then put tolls on the free bridges like the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There's always a better way or product. It's just the idiots on top think they know best.
  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.
  • Carsofchaos The problem with congestion, dear friends, is not the cars per se. I drive into the city daily and the problem is this:Your average street in the area used to be 4 lanes. Now it is a bus lane, a bike lane (now you're down to two lanes), then you have delivery trucks double parking, along with the Uber and Lyft drivers also double parking. So your 4 lane avenue is now a 1.5 lane avenue. Do you now see the problem? Congestion pricing will fix none of these things....what it WILL do is fund persion plans.
  • FreedMike Many F150s I encounter are autonomously driven...and by that I mean they're driving themselves because the dips**ts at the wheel are paying attention to everything else but the road.
  • Tassos A "small car", TIM????????????This is the GLE. Have you even ever SEEN the huge thing at a dealer's??? NOT even the GLC,and Merc has TWO classes even SMALLER than the C (The A and the B, you guessed it? You must be a GENIUS!).THe E is a "MIDSIZED" crossover, NOT A SMALL ONE BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, oh CLUELESS one.I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE NONSENSE you post here every god damned day.And I BET you will never even CORRECT your NONSENSE, much less APOLOGIZE for your cluelessness and unprofessionalism.