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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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hoosierdaddyno1
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:10:12 PM

face!!!
GenoAR
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:09:27 PM

How true for the Edsel, it's grill looked like, uh
well we men know what it looked like.
BrucePen
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:08:47 PM

I'm thinking a little lower than the face.
SpankyMI
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:08:21 PM

Rather than personality, I would think it should be aerodynamics that determine the front end.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:06:49 PM

Not true for Dodge.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:05:30 PM

Lots of ugly faces on the front of cars lately
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:58:08 PM

We ahve always said that if i don't go..Chrome It! Now we have happy faces on the front end!
mgune9
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:57:31 PM

ok - not much relation to gas prices
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:56:56 PM

This affects energy how???
livedream
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:56:23 PM

Oh well....
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:55:04 PM

so
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:52:22 PM

WTF
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:52:16 PM

Oh, yea.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:51:46 PM

I Agree With 200porter.....
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:51:43 PM

Rear end views are just as important.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:50:50 PM

Really??
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:50:05 PM

Agree with geoutb. Cars are not always purchased based on practical reasons.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:48:55 PM

ok
nightworker998
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:45:52 PM

Please no more smiling caes!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:45:03 PM

So
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:43:45 PM

MPG first, looks second.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:42:30 PM

If all you have to worry about is what the front end of a car looks like,
you have a long ways to go to face reality.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:40:28 PM

Cars are a emotional purchase, it is interesting to see how people will over look the economy and costs of ownership until it is too late.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:36:54 PM

everybody seem to be concerned with looks when economy and reliability are more important
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:36:18 PM

great
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:35:00 PM

OKAY
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:34:47 PM

for many cars this is the only difference. too many cars look alike
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:29:49 PM

Ok.
99church
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:29:46 PM

ditto 200 porter
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:24:14 PM

I WILL HAVE TO GO ALONG WITH "200porter".
200porter
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:21:40 PM

They'd better off spending their time on making their cars more fuel efficient.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:19:58 PM

With today,s economy who can afford these advance items on your car.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:19:50 PM

Zzzzz
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:17:50 PM

ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:11:22 PM

i would be more concerned with the drivers seat
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:05:59 PM

Very interesting!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:03:23 PM

Yes, like the Nissa Juke . . .looks like a frog!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:03:18 PM

They all look alike today.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:01:00 PM

OK
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:59:42 PM

Interesting...
hagar2935
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:56:15 PM

They all look alike............ I miss our great cars of the '50s & 60's when cars had real unique designs
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:51:14 PM

The front only has such a small area, not much car makers can do to make them distinctive.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:50:02 PM

I agree. They all look alike.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:04:18 PM

way cool, can't wait to see one! maybe one of the "3 amigos" will buy...maybe not, then we'd know who one is, then they'd be kicked out the club...lol!

[Edited by: kiosk12y at 4/12/2012 7:07:43 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 5:54:28 PM

Cars are essentially supposed to get you from A to B.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 4:42:03 PM

With today economy. Who can afford these new advance cars.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 4:35:59 PM

I like the old ones with moustaches. In cars, not men.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 4:30:26 PM

It used to be fun to check out the new models, now they all look alike.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2012 4:27:22 PM

I used to be able to tell one car from another coming down the road but now they all look alike!
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fcol
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