QOTD: A Bit Too Much Badge?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd a bit too much badge

Let’s talk about badges. Seems like in recent years the thing to do is gather up a multitude of badges on a single given vehicle. Extending well beyond the manufacturer’s emblem and the model name, badges now branch to sub-model variants, trim, drivetrains, special editions, and perhaps others I’m not even considering right now.

But which brand (or model) commits the crime of Too Much Badge most often?

Today’s question was generated by a particularly funny Craigslist posting. To be fair, this Alfa Romeo Giulia had some assistance from a very proud owner who freely admits he added more “four leave clover triangles” to his favorite car. The overhead console, door mirrors, door pull trims, and the license plate bracket have all been beclovered.

Like all the additional badge photos, the ad copy is well worth a look. It cites the opinions of police officers and different women who had the pleasure of beholding the silver Giulia (which is the best car ever, but is now for sale). Other oddities here include photos of a vintage Giulia and its rear lamps in use on the Countach, and a man’s portrait in the passenger seat that may or may not be from a funeral.

But I digress. Hilarious and bizarre ad aside, we’d like to rely on your keen powers of observation in the comments today. What vehicles have you noticed lately with the most badge action, be it inside or out?

[Images: BMW, seller]

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  • Jim Bonham Thanks.
  • Luke42 I just bought a 3-row Tesla Model Y.If Toyota made a similar vehicle, I would have bought that instead. I'm former Prius owner, and would have bought a Prius-like EV if it were available.Toyota hasn't tried to compete with the Model Y. GM made the Bolt EUV, and Ford made the Mach-E. Tesla beat them all fair and square, but Toyota didn't even try.[Shrug]
  • RHD Toyota is trying to hedge their bets, and have something for everyone. They also may be farther behind in developing electric vehicles than they care to admit. Japanese corporations sometimes come up with cutting-edge products, such as the Sony Walkman. Large corporations (and not just Japanese corporations) tend to be like GM, though - too many voices just don't get heard, to the long-term detriment of the entity.
  • Randy in rocklin The Japanese can be so smart and yet so dumb. I'm America-Japanese and they really can be dumb sometimes like their masking paranoia.
  • Bunkie The Flying Flea has a fascinating story and served, inadvertently, to broaden the understanding of aircraft design. The crash described in the article is only part of the tale.