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About Face: How Automakers Put Personality Into Their Cars' Front Ends

Forbes -- Typically, when design clinic respondents are asked which view of their preferred-choice car they would send to friends and/or relatives, the front three-quarter angle polls at about 80%. You’d think many would select the straight side view, which, distortion-free in photographs, best displays the size, sweep, length and overall cohesiveness of the design.

But, then, when asked by the parents to send a picture of the new girlfriend, a majority of guys will send a likeness of her face, even though that may not be her best attribute!

And thus it is with cars. The front end, grille, fascia and headlights form a very distinct “face,” and, much like a human visage, it can have expressions: happy, purposeful, angry, aggressive, sad or even bored.


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Submitted Apr 12, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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GOBUTLER
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 8:14:46 AM

Interesting...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:47:09 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:33:28 AM

Mudsprings, Good article! Thanks for posting it!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:31:47 AM

REMEMBER THE AMC DIPLOMAT?
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:06:40 AM

Remember what they said about the Edsel grille? Obscene. It is good that not too many remember the Edsel.

[Edited by: N5EXY at 4/13/2012 1:07:59 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:01:17 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:42:58 AM

There are more interesting car faces lately.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:12:20 AM


and hope for not a fat back end
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:10:04 AM

Still think the best face is on my 1976 XJ12L Jaguar, don't tell the wife...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:08:53 AM

good for them
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:01:45 AM

no
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 12:00:36 AM

This article is crap.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:57:09 PM

and hope for not a fat back end
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:56:13 PM

Is it cost effective to add personality? Will it save on fuel costs?
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:55:39 PM

I can crack a smile with my rear end.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:53:56 PM

What does ths have to do with Gas price.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:52:28 PM

I want my next car to have an angry bird face...
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:51:08 PM

Looking at some of the cars out there now I have to believe beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:51:05 PM

I use this site for gas news...not how the front end of a car looks like!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:50:06 PM

ok
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Ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:48:58 PM

About time...the highways are crawling with cookie cutter clones that all look the same.Cars back pre 80's all had personality and style!!!!!
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OK
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:45:41 PM

How about designing a 100 mpg and/or a Natural Gas vehicle and/or a Hydrogen Alternative Fuel Cycle Vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:45:14 PM

most of the cars seem the same now in front and ugly with all the crappy
plastic bumpers.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:43:27 PM

a little to late
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:42:26 PM

why?
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:41:47 PM

ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:38:53 PM

Remember when this would mean handling or better cornering or something other than the looks of a grill!! But then what about meaning of technology in a car....used to mean for mechanical/performance or handling but now it means you can access your facebook account without having your laptop in the car....pretty sad what mfgrs will do to sell autos to the younger generation.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:36:30 PM

Wow.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:36:29 PM

Many hours are spent designing the grilles and front ends, and even the headlights. I agree, it's all about marketing.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:35:46 PM

Then show pictures, not words
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ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:30:48 PM

It is all about marketing. With cars, just like people, beauty is only skin deep.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:23:14 PM

Mud has good articles. Yeah!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:05:33 PM

I like the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:41:25 PM

love my truck
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:40:27 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:31:16 PM

Me and my car are best of buds... we share our personality..
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:25:38 PM

Many people attribute a personality to people by the car they drive.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:24:44 PM

Ok!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:21:25 PM

Personally, I spend more time looking at the inside than the outside.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:20:42 PM

What about their back ends?
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OK
miniskunk
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:17:23 PM

"How true for the Edsel, it's grill looked like, uh
well we men know what it looked like." Jimmy Durante?

[Edited by: miniskunk at 4/12/2012 9:17:59 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:16:10 PM

WHATEVER!
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Ok sure
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:12:32 PM

The view from the front was one of the deciding factors for choosing my truck.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:10:42 PM

Ok I guess?????
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:10:12 PM

face!!!
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How true for the Edsel, it's grill looked like, uh
well we men know what it looked like.
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