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Old 05-07-2007, 02:51 PM   #1
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Shaping up nicely, though the accuracy of the speculative illustration is anybody's guess.

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Old 05-07-2007, 03:45 PM   #2
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Default the one pic looks like an altima >>

or a toyota camry - hope the aura keeps it's own identity.

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Old 05-07-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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Shaping up nicely, though the accuracy of the speculative illustration is anybody's guess.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/new-spys...html#more-5068

I hope they lose the head lamp covers that "smear" half way back to the windshield. It screams "over styled" to me. I prefer a more functional look, like the S-series. Functional need not be boring. Look at the previous gen Nissan Maxima.

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Old 05-07-2007, 04:42 PM   #4
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Dear Lord, that thing looks almost exactly like a Camry in the nose. I really hope that isn't the design direction they take the Aura in. I think it's such a great looking car right now, that I would hate to see anything change. Well, unless they wanted to put the concept grill on the front .

Please GM, leave that nose on the Opel. That thing would be blasted in the U.S. for copying Toyota.

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Old 05-07-2007, 05:00 PM   #5
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I hope they lose the head lamp covers that "smear" half way back to the windshield. It screams "over styled" to me. I prefer a more functional look, like the S-series. Functional need not be boring. Look at the previous gen Nissan Maxima.
Thank you, I knew I wasn't alone on that!

Aside from that, Saturn needs to develop some kind of identity. All of its new designs look like generic clones of imports that could just as easily carry a Toyota or Nissan badge.

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Old 05-07-2007, 06:22 PM   #6
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I hope they lose the head lamp covers that "smear" half way back to the windshield. It screams "over styled" to me. I prefer a more functional look, like the S-series. Functional need not be boring. Look at the previous gen Nissan Maxima.
But then the Aura would be out of contention for the MRLH (most rediculous looking headlights) award! (Which could of course hurt sales)

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:24 PM   #7
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The NG Vectra front hints at GTC coupe concept styling cues as well as an evolution of the Aura/Malibu roof arc, but the computer rendering screams out '07+ Altima.

I'll reserve judgment until the Opel makes its formal debut or the spy photographers catch one in the wild without camouflage.


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Old 05-07-2007, 07:30 PM   #8
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I happen to really like the greenhouse, which is exactly how the current Aura should look -- nice glass area and thin roof pillars. Nice wheels, too. As for the nose, keep in mind the illustration reflects recently enacted European laws that require car makers to design cars with "pedestrian-friendly" front ends. As if an ugly, bulbous nose will hurt less at 40 mph than a more streamlined one. Hopefully we never see such a law here.

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Old 05-07-2007, 08:42 PM   #9
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It's too "chubby", curvy.

One of the things I like about my XR is the angularity of the body with an almost geometric curve to the roofline. I also like the limousine-like effect of the longer backdoor.

This one just looks like another BMW/Bangle wanna-be.

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Old 05-08-2007, 01:09 AM   #10
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That would be the smoothest and most modern looking sedan GM has ever produced. Who the hell cares what it looks similar to? GM needs styling like that.

And that looks 1000x better than the Camry.

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:59 AM   #11
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It's too "chubby", curvy.

One of the things I like about my XR is the angularity of the body with an almost geometric curve to the roofline. I also like the limousine-like effect of the longer backdoor.

This one just looks like another BMW/Bangle wanna-be.
I agree; looks like it needs to drop a few pounds. Very similar to the Camry front end, and like the Altima from the sides. PLEASE don't let it have those stupid altezza taillamps

I like the current "taut" design on the Aura. Very angular and muscular for a mid-size without looking pudgy.

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Old 05-08-2007, 08:23 AM   #12
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That would be the smoothest and most modern looking sedan GM has ever produced. Who the hell cares what it looks similar to? GM needs styling like that.

And that looks 1000x better than the Camry.
BINGO!! Who gives a crap what it looks similar to? The current Aura often gets mistaken beamer, lexus or whatever else car is out there. I don't hear anyone complaining about that. There are actual threads denoting how often the Aura gets mistaken for some other foreign car.

If GM brings that version of the Vectra over here, it's a wrap. They will take going at Toyota to the next level. Hopefully, this current body style gets the improvements it needs to pave the way for this wonderfully stylish new one.

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Old 05-08-2007, 09:25 AM   #13
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BINGO!! Who gives a crap what it looks similar to? The current Aura often gets mistaken beamer, lexus or whatever else car is out there. I don't hear anyone complaining about that. There are actual threads denoting how often the Aura gets mistaken for some other foreign car.

If GM brings that version of the Vectra over here, it's a wrap. They will take going at Toyota to the next level. Hopefully, this current body style gets the improvements it needs to pave the way for this wonderfully stylish new one.
So true, that next gen Aura/Vectra is looking really sharp. It looks pretty expensive though, if they can pop a V4 in that thing with good gas mileage, cause i expect 5 dollars/gallon in the summer of 08/09, it will be an instant hit, and give toyota a run for its money. I'm looking forward to it. Maybe the nextgen Astra will look like something similar too.

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I like the current "taut" design on the Aura. Very angular and muscular for a mid-size without looking pudgy.
I agree for the most part, though I still think the Pontiac G6 looks sleeker and sportier. But the Aura would look so much meaner with lower profile headlights and a grille that didn't make the front look like a d**n smiley face!

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I agree for the most part, though I still think the Pontiac G6 looks sleeker and sportier. But the Aura would look so much meaner with lower profile headlights and a grille that didn't make the front look like a d**n smiley face!
You should look at the coming Pontiac G8 GT, that thing looks mean and powerful, and screams modern american muscle. Can't wait for the 09 Camaro

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It looks a whole lot cleaner than the camry. Saturn should also focus on a more powerful drivetrain. Perhaps a small V8 and RWD.

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If you look at the existing Opel Vectra you can see that this new model is an evolution of that design, and, really bears very little relationship to an Altima or Camry, both of which, incidentally, came after the Vectra.

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It looks a whole lot cleaner than the camry. Saturn should also focus on a more powerful drivetrain. Perhaps a small V8 and RWD.
With the advent of the Alpha architecture, we'll see RWD and a V6, but no V8. The enviro-weenies who have the ears of clueless politicians have seen to that.

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I happen to really like the greenhouse, which is exactly how the current Aura should look -- nice glass area and thin roof pillars. Nice wheels, too. As for the nose, keep in mind the illustration reflects recently enacted European laws that require car makers to design cars with "pedestrian-friendly" front ends. As if an ugly, bulbous nose will hurt less at 40 mph than a more streamlined one. Hopefully we never see such a law here.

Spreading the hit out over a larger area will decrease the severity of the impact. As far as hurting less, you'll still have broken legs, but it may be the difference between death and just being horribly hurt. The laws may not make it here, but the designs will, as more cars are built with global markets in mind.

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Spreading the hit out over a larger area will decrease the severity of the impact. As far as hurting less, you'll still have broken legs, but it may be the difference between death and just being horribly hurt. The laws may not make it here, but the designs will, as more cars are built with global markets in mind.
I understand the psuedo-logic that went into this, but I'd think that instead of someone being bent over and slammed into the hood, or thrown up into the windshield, they'd be propelled forward only to strike the pavement or whatever got in their way. Once this is tested real world, I really don't see much of a difference.

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