Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday December 20, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > News & Rumors > Non-Subaru News & Rumors

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-12-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
AVANTI R5
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 73805
Join Date: Nov 2004
Default Lexus vows to take some design risks




Quote:
TOYOTA CITY, Japan -- Lexus hasn't abandoned the aggressive fighter-jet grille that appeared on its LF-Gh concept last spring but was watered down for the GS sedan that goes on sale next year.
Future Lexus models will dramatize the bold, wide look even more as part of a new direction for the brand, says Tokuo Fukuichi, chief officer of Toyota Motor Corp.'s design group.

"In the next model we will emphasize this grille even more," Fukuichi said in an interview. "You would probably remember this grille if you saw it pass on the street."

Shifting toward the look seen in the concept's grille is part of Fukuichi's drive to create more memorable designs for Lexus. That will involve taking risks with designs that go beyond safe acceptance by focus groups.

"We shouldn't always stay in the middle of the mainstream," said Fukuichi, who has been global head of design at Lexus and Toyota since April 2010. "When you launch the product, it ends up with no character."

Design cues for Lexus' so-called spindle grille, which takes its name from the hour glass-shape of a spindle of thread, first appeared in the Lexus HS 250h hybrid.

It became more overt in the CT 200h entry-level hatchback. But it was the LF-Gh concept, shown at the 2011 New York auto show in April, that took the look to far-out extremes.

The black, mask-like grille of the concept ran unbroken from the hood through the bumper, calling to mind the air intake ducts of a jet engine. But Lexus backed off for the production version, keeping the spindle outline but breaking the grille with a horizontal bar.

Fukuichi insists the look is more than just window dressing. The spindle shape helps channel air into the lower aperture for the engine compartment.

"The spindle grille is not just a design matter; it also has to have a good functional performance in bringing in air," he says. "Air flow is part of the design. It's not merely cosmetic."
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
AVANTI R5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
Hites
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 138997
Join Date: Jan 2007
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Belle Center, OH
Vehicle:
0000 Nothing

Default

Sooo, they're just going to make them ugly? Ugly = edgy?
Hites is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 10:28 PM   #3
Longinus
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 187727
Join Date: Aug 2008
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Los Angeles
Vehicle:
2001 GC6 Impreza
BRP with a dash of mud

Default

Its always scary when japanese car companies take more risks in aesthetic design.
Longinus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 02:17 AM   #4
Kostamojen
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 2272
Join Date: Sep 2000
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: haha XD
Vehicle:
2013 Subaru 599 :P
Galaxy Blue Sexy

Default

The CT turned out fantastic, and the early photos of the GS look rather good. They do need to take more risks, just not the Japanese-anime-style grill risks like they did with Acura...
Kostamojen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 03:58 AM   #5
SoDealer
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 67960
Join Date: Aug 2004
Default

For once, a production car looks better than its concept.
SoDealer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 04:16 AM   #6
whiteGDB
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 41081
Join Date: Aug 2003
Chapter/Region: SWIC
Location: Phoenix
Vehicle:
2009 Forester
silver

Default

Too much risk, dial it back a few notches.
whiteGDB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 04:59 AM   #7
fastwrx25
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 126441
Join Date: Sep 2006
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: TPE
Vehicle:
03 bugeye

Default

that looks ugly.......how about good design, and not just risky design for the sake of being risky
fastwrx25 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 12:04 PM   #8
Masterauto
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 198376
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Delaware
Vehicle:
X5D Subaru BRZ
Nissan GT-R

Default

I don't think they need cow catchers anymore
Masterauto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 12:17 PM   #9
06wrxlbart
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 154013
Join Date: Jul 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: New York, Ozone Park
Vehicle:
2012 S4
Monsoon Grey

Default

Wow so lexus copied AUDI LED headlight design now they're copying AUDI grille sorta nice good going there LEXUS.
06wrxlbart is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone have a spare rear hub around to take some measurements Legacy777 Brakes, Steering & Suspension 244 07-08-2014 11:17 AM
Would anyone want to volunteer to take some high quality rolling shots? Hatchbox Mid Atlantic Impreza Club -- MAIC 10 01-03-2009 07:28 PM
In the mood to take some pictures of some cars RedHotLama North West Impreza Club Forum -- NWIC 86 09-10-2008 02:00 PM
Ok finally made time to take some pics... artdoesart Member's Car Gallery 63 09-18-2004 06:37 PM
I need to take some out-of-the-country people places codemunky Southern California Impreza Club Forum -- SCIC 9 10-01-2003 03:23 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.