Electric Cars

Overemphasized wheel arches are part of the bubble, and the removal of the strong shoulder line, replaced with an uncomfortable C-pillar/fender reflection, are culprits here. The shoulder line has been around since Mk3 so for me, that line, or the horizontal emphasis, is key to the GTI look.

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So is the virtue signaling a good thing or a bad thing?

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So is the virtue signaling a good thing or a bad thing?

It’s like beauty, entirely in the eye of the beholder. So, good, bad, meh, it depends on your point of view.

I think studies have suggested that it matters a lot to the person who is signaling, and very little to everyone else (the ‘object’ of the signal). It reinforces the driver/owner’s conception of themselves, and most people don’t care, aside from a niche few who may also traffic in that vernacular. Like designers :sweat_smile:

Like the tight-knit Jeep community, Tesla owners acknowledge their bre – EVANNEX Aftermarket Tesla Accessories

LOL astroturfing

So this just dropped.
Return of ‘specs’ driven innovation?
Car/phone integration begins at the five minute mark.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk is merely running polls on X.com asking people if they want such an innovation.


VW ID3 in China. Thought it looked like a proper GTI from the rear.

That’s actually pretty sharp. I wish the A pillar wasn’t out quite that far, but it’s nice. Mis-matched wheels must be on purpose to throw off the scent.

Ha! didn’t even notice

I have been such a fan of what Volvo has been doing for the past decade…but WTF is going on with this thing? Weird pinchy corners on the headlights? Nonsense faux-grille pattern on the front end? Fins 2/3 of the way down the car at the ends of the sliding doors? This does not make me enthusiastic at all for the future of this brand.

Damn. That is horrible. Could be it a China-only market thing?

Images of the Volvo EM90 were released by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) this week. Based on the ZEEKR 009 MPV, Volvo’s EM90 is nearly identical.

Sounds like a China product to me.

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Sadly I don’t think so. The Volvo LinkedIn page was teasing the EM90 just yesterday.

Looks like a bad copy of a Kia.

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Well this makes more sense. the EM90 is indeed a China-only model, and more or less a reskinning of a Geely van, as @rkuchinsky guessed. I am a bit surprised given the amount of social media and marketing capital they’ve committed to the launch, but whatever. The kooky styling makes way more sense now as southeast Asian automotive tastes are…different to say the least…from Swedish cleanliness and minimalism.

On the complete opposite end of the styling spectrum, here is quite possibly the most beautiful (not an adjective I’d normally use to describe minivans, but damn) minivan I’ve ever seen, also coming out of China.

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