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(Jalopnik)   Wait, the guy in charge of the C7 Corvette's design made the Pontiac Aztek? You mean he's still employed?   (jalopnik.com) divider line 22
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2013-10-03 12:07:03 PM
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"You're goddamn right."
 
2013-10-03 12:10:56 PM

busy chillin': "You're goddamn right."


The windshield cracks way too easily.
 
2013-10-03 12:16:45 PM
It's not the design guy's fault the Aztek was so ugly.  Ok, it is, but it's not his fault the Aztek made it into production.
 
2013-10-03 12:25:02 PM
Here is what he designed:


Here is what we got:
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2013-10-03 12:27:51 PM
The Aztek wasn't ahead of its time as much as its proportions were off. If it were ahead of its time people would be saying "You know, this thing wasn't so bad." They aren't. They're saying "Wow, that was one ugly-ass car."

The wheels just looked too small for the bodywork. Early versions had WAY too much cladding (Pontiac was in love with cladding then). Lights looked tacked on and the whole "turn signals above the headlights" thing is a VERY difficult look to pull off without just looking bizarre. The fascia was far too aggressive for something that wasn't a sports car. It tried to make like it was a little more civilized Wrangler wannabe when it was just a glorified small wagon on stilts.

It was a useful shape and getting rid of the cladding helped the looks, but it still just wasn't really all that well conceived... the thing just looked like it had been designed by committees that never spoke to one another.
 
2013-10-03 12:28:43 PM
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2013-10-03 12:30:14 PM
The original design for the Aztec was pretty cool and very functional.

The committees killed most of the cool stuff.

/Still ugly as sin, but so is a Jeep. It's the utility that makes it cool when it doesn't work in the looks department.
 
2013-10-03 12:31:25 PM
We really need an edit button for idiots like me. Concept above.
 
2013-10-03 01:04:23 PM
I can't get over the neo-Camaro tail lights on the C7.

It's a Corvette Stingray.

They're supposed to be farking ROUND.
 
2013-10-03 01:12:21 PM

majestic: We really need an edit button for idiots like me. Concept above.


Considering the looks of what's on the road after-the-fact, someone's probably kicking themselves over not going with the concept.  That actually looks good.

The Aztek kinda grew on me, but for the life of me...
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I'm not sure why.
 
2013-10-03 01:31:33 PM
This is what happens when a company adopts the executive protection model. You end up with a company full of Steve Ballmers.
 
2013-10-03 01:45:07 PM
But you fark one goat...
 
2013-10-03 02:53:38 PM
How were the designs controversial? Who thought they looked good?
 
2013-10-03 04:05:14 PM
http://wot.motortrend.com/thread-of-the-day-what-if-the-pontiac-aztek - concept-had-gone-to-production-unchanged-192105.html

Aztec looked great in concept or at least much better many more pictures in article

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2013-10-03 04:06:32 PM

akula: The Aztek wasn't ahead of its time as much as its proportions were off. If it were ahead of its time people would be saying "You know, this thing wasn't so bad." They aren't. They're saying "Wow, that was one ugly-ass car."

The wheels just looked too small for the bodywork. Early versions had WAY too much cladding (Pontiac was in love with cladding then). Lights looked tacked on and the whole "turn signals above the headlights" thing is a VERY difficult look to pull off without just looking bizarre. The fascia was far too aggressive for something that wasn't a sports car. It tried to make like it was a little more civilized Wrangler wannabe when it was just a glorified small wagon on stilts.

It was a useful shape and getting rid of the cladding helped the looks, but it still just wasn't really all that well conceived... the thing just looked like it had been designed by committees that never spoke to one another.


It would have done better as a Saturn without the silliness Pontiac had back then, the Buick sibling of that, the Rendezvous,  looked much better
 
2013-10-03 04:08:12 PM

WillofJ2: http://wot.motortrend.com/thread-of-the-day-what-if-the-pontiac-aztek - concept-had-gone-to-production-unchanged-192105.html

Aztec looked great in concept or at least much better many more pictures in article

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The grill looks bad, but that's it
 
2013-10-03 05:13:36 PM

loonatic112358: It would have done better as a Saturn without the silliness Pontiac had back then, the Buick sibling of that, the Rendezvous,  looked much better


Yup. Larger wheels and tires, ditch the cladding, and redo the front end and it would have been much better. The Aztek as produced looked like it had TWO front fascias stacked one on the other. The concept drawing above is better, but still not quite great- the turn signal being that much higher than the headlight isn't any good and the cowl height vs. the side window bottom edge just doesn't look right... almost like it was assembled from two model kits of different vehicles.

There were ways to make the Aztek attractive. The easy ones (lose the cladding) they eventually did. The others, well, they cut their losses and washed their hands of it.
 
2013-10-03 09:33:10 PM
i always thought the Aztec was designed by a guy who did a sketch, erased half of it and started over, then left it on his desk when he went home for the night.  the boss, after getting a snarly command from the Big Boss to show the latest "Aztec" design, ran frantically through the design office, and spotted the sketch.  that's what he took to the Big Boss, who tastelessly put it into production.
 
2013-10-03 11:59:47 PM
The new Corvette isn't a Stingray, and it's just as farking plastic and ugly as the Aztek.

This is a Stingray.

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Note the distinctive humps over the front wheels.  Note the tasteful small back end.  Note the unobtrusive door handles, and the pop-up headlamps.  Note the chrome.  This is how it's done.
 
2013-10-04 08:23:24 AM

HotWingAgenda: The new Corvette isn't a Stingray, and it's just as farking plastic and ugly as the Aztek.

This is a Stingray.

[farm1.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

Note the distinctive humps over the front wheels.  Note the tasteful small back end.  Note the unobtrusive door handles, and the pop-up headlamps.  Note the chrome.  This is how it's done.


That's a piece of shiat.  My cousin's spent more time on jack stands than it did actually running.  And it's not even the original stingray.  Note that pop up headlamps are no longer purposeful.
 
2013-10-04 12:21:02 PM

HotWingAgenda: The new Corvette isn't a Stingray, and it's just as farking plastic and ugly as the Aztek.

This is a Stingray.

[farm1.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

Note the distinctive humps over the front wheels.  Note the tasteful small back end.  Note the unobtrusive door handles, and the pop-up headlamps.  Note the chrome.  This is how it's done.


and don't forget the shiat climate control and floorboards that get too hot for your feet!

I love the 69/68 vettes, but the new ones are smooth, well built, and much faster.
 
2013-10-04 09:19:56 PM

HotWingAgenda: The new Corvette isn't a Stingray, and it's just as farking plastic and ugly as the Aztek.

This is a Stingray.

[farm1.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

Note the distinctive humps over the front wheels.  Note the tasteful small back end.  Note the unobtrusive door handles, and the pop-up headlamps.  Note the chrome.  This is how it's done.




Is that a Corvette body dropped over a Blazer chassis? I didn't know they made lift kits for Corvettes.
 
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