2013 Los Angeles Auto Show: Aesthetically Speaking
Walking around the Los Angeles Auto Show this year was a feast for the eyes, but not everything there was appetizing. From a visual standpoint, some cars left me wanting more and others stopped me in my tracks. Here are some of the eye candy and eyesores from the show this year. One of my favorites at the show would have to be the Nissan Sentra Nismo concept. This car by far gets the most improved award with its aggressive Nismo styling. This technically still is a concept, but a very realistic one that I believe Nissan will actually produce and sell a lot of. The Jaguar F-Type Coupe would have to be my next pick. Having shot the roadster not too long ago, I was really looking forward to the reveal of the coupe. Before entering the convention center, I knew the coupe was at the top on my list for “must see” cars and after seeing it, it did not at all disappoint. Third on the list would have to be the BMW X4. With the X4’s design, you can see the transition from the boxier shape to a more sculpted sportier design. I just hope the rest of this design will rub off on the rest of the “X” line up. Not all of the cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show were as gorgeous as the previous three and the first I have to mention is the Kia K900. A flagship model needs to be visually stunning, needs to make a statement and the K900 comes up short. At the reveal I felt very underwhelmed with the visual package and especially did not care for the squared off LED headlights that seem to disrupt the soft lines of the body. This next one needs some explanation afterwards but the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Tourismo is on my list for Aesthetically Challenged for two reasons: the wheels and the grille. No doubt the Gran Tourismo was the star of the LA Auto Show but after standing there for a good while I came to the conclusion that the wheels were much too bubbly and protruding. The grille’s rectangular LED’s left the car feeling really rigid and disruptive in the nose. Don’t get me wrong; this car was stunning to look at, but when it came down to details, there were some areas of design that could have used just a little more attention. The last one here would have to be the Youabian Puma. It looks like a Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet and a monster truck had a baby. It’s one for the eyes that’s for sure going to leave you saying huh!?!? This is no production car; it was created by an L.A.-based plastic surgeon named Dr. K. Youabian. It is a creation that took five years to build and carries a price tag of $1.1m. This one takes the cake for aesthetically challenged. Just look at it!
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