Monday, July 11, 2011

The Lincoln MKT

I know I've blogged about this before but American car companies really don't seem to be able to grasp the concept of design. Last night I followed a slab-sided chunk of metal down the street that was so revolting it made the Pontiac Aztek look like the work of a master. It turned out to be a Lincoln MKT. From what I can tell, that car is an exercise in how to get the proportions of everything on a vehicle wrong from every angle. The rear is this giant sea of metal with lights all the way across it. The sides have a Coca Cola wave in them at the swage line, but done in such a way that it makes the car look fat. The windows are too small, and there's too much sheet metal in the doors. At the front, things don't get any better. The front grille is gigantic - you could suck small children in through the openings and the end result of all this is a car that is so repugnant it's hard to imagine anyone ever signing off on the design. I think even Lincoln realise this - on their own gallery page, of the 50 photos available, only 13 of them show the outside of this monstrosity, and only 8 of those show the whole vehicle. Worse, someone apparently bought one of these things willingly and is driving it around town here. It never ceases to amaze me. I know it takes all types of people to make the world go round, but we could do with less of the people that have no sense of styling. Either that or Lincoln needs to stop trying to make a minivan look like a car.


Anonymous said...

It looks like gluead together from two pieces as there is a seam between. Ugly as hell.

Anonymous said...

Chris, your last sentence is too long. "Lincoln needs to stop." FIFY. Unless Ford invests heavy on the marque, building solid cars on a world class rear drive platform, then they should just stop and kill the brand. Even if by some miracle, they managed to do a decent style job, it's still just overpriced rebaged crap.