Cars today are ugly.  Worse than that, they are boring.  They have become horrible blobs with hiked up rear ends, scoopy fronts, and lots and lots of cheap plastic.  They all wear the same silver or beige paint and have stances like a Rottweiler defecating.

Sure there are exceptions, which the manufacturers never cease to tout, but the average American family doesn’t have many choices.  Their cars are aerodynamic and plain and come with cloth seats and bulky controls.  The average family buys cars that are simple and affordable; safe and reliable little toasters recommended to them by Consumer Reports.

To demonstrate that today’s cars are interchangeable, I’ve devised a little quiz. Take a look at the six cropped pictures below.  Can you name the make and model of each picture?  The answers and full pictures are at the bottom of this post.

That trend is not the fault of the designers, however.  Go to any auto show and you will see some of the wildest concept cars imaginable.  Take a look at design boards throughout the industry – in design schools and on the web – and you will see cars that are truly amazing.  These cars never make it to the public because some bean counter or project manager decides the risk isn’t worth it.  Granted, it can sometimes take a billion or more dollars to create a new car, but too much caution is as bad as none at all.

Automakers need to take chances with design.  Back in 1955 American cars were huge monsters just beginning to grow fins and painted like Easter eggs in pastel blues and greens.  At that same time small European car companies revolutionized design with cars like the Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing, the Jaguar XK140 and the Citroen DS.  It can be done.  Great design doesn’t have to be only for Ferrari and Lamborghini.  People want to care about what they drive and one good design can bring a company back from the dead.  Just ask Bugatti.

Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry, Mitsubishi Galant, Chrysler Sebring

Article Courtesy of Chris Raymond