Earlier today I posted a picture of a car with the grille blacked out so that people couldn’t tell what manufacturer it was. Your job was to guess the manufacturer. That was earlier in the day. Now, from PT in comments:
OK Swade, c’mon now. Time to put those of us interested enough to care but not enough to Google out of our misery….What is it?
Between the guesses here and on Facebook you had most of the major companies covered, with the exception of Ford and Toyota. There were nominations for GM, Hyundai, Kia (quite popular), Peugeot, Jaguar, Audi, Lexus, Chery, Geely, Honda and Chrysler.
A few of you made the correct guess – Subaru.
I fibbed a little when I said it was due for release quite soon. It’s actually a concept called the 2015 Subaru Legacy Concept and will show for the first time at the LA Auto Show, which starts this Friday. Subaru say – and recent trends with ‘concepts’ back this up – that the car speaks to the new design language that the brand’s models will have in the near future.
As someone pointed out in comments, the breadth of guesses pretty much proves the point I was trying to make: cars are getting more and more generic in their design. The shape of mainstream brand cars is very similar with just the ‘face’ they draw on that shape providing the difference.
For most carmakers, the days of the distinctive silhouette are pretty much over.