|2016 Honda Civic Design #Fail
By: Justine Huffman
All car models should be unique in exterior design. One should be able to spot any make and model of automobile without looking at the manufacturer emblem or model nameplate. You should be able to determine what line of vehicle you spot based on the exterior design alone.
Every generation of car undergoes cosmetic upgrades, yet the key to the aesthetic change has been to keep the original design in mind, with little to moderate changes.
Volkswagen has done a fantastic job with the outer remodeling of its New Beetle line, based on the original Beetle car.
Like the original Beetle exterior, the New Beetle has round head and taillights, two doors, a dome-shaped roofline, and sloping headlamps in addition to a compact body. You can easily distinguish between the vintage and modern versions, and know without a double take that they’re Beetles.
The 2016 Honda Civic for the American market, however, has lost its footing with the outer design, opting for a more sporty look. It’s barely reminiscent of the previous generation, appearing to be a mash-up production of Honda’s Insight and Accord line.
When we think of a standard Civic, a sporty portrayal doesn’t come to mind. The word civic doesn’t suggest anything of the flashy variety, yet the new model is just that.
Is Honda attempting to steer American families toward the Honda Accord, and cater to the younger crowd with the 2016 Civic? If so, the Civic is no longer the same reliable fuel-efficient car we knew; it’s the gaudy auto plaything for yuppies.
Justine Huffman is an indie author, poet, and graphic artist residing in Delaware, USA. When she's not unleashing her creative powers, she enjoys reading humorous fiction, dining at local seafood eateries, and daydreaming.
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