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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:13 pm

OPECsux wrote:Please Nissan, get rid of the ugly headlights on this car. I understand that they are designed to deflect air around the mirrors but come on, they protrude like 6 inches above the hood, it seems like a half ass solution to the noise caused by the mirrors. Other than the headlights the rest of the car looks fine to me. I bet that front end would look great with flush headlights. ...


I had similar feelings about my '90 Miata, with the pop-up headlights. It wasn't long before kits were available to convert them into flush headlights and I seriously considered it. And of course Mazda long ago made the change themselves.

But now when I look at a Miata... excuse me, "mx-5 :cry: "... it's lost its charm. Too sleek. Too refined. To me, the pop-up headlamps represent the soul of the 1st-gen Miata that won my heart. It didn't need a makeover after all.
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:35 pm

cwerdna wrote:Also, FWIW, the Leaf's Chief Vehicle Engineer referred to the headlight design as "charming". :)


would you expect him to say something different? :ugeek:
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:06 pm

I like them. But, thank goodness, tastes vary. Wouldn't it be awful if we all liked the same thing?
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:35 pm

In one word, they could have been much worse: JUKE. :shock:

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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:25 pm

ebill3 wrote:I like them. But, thank goodness, tastes vary. Wouldn't it be awful if we all liked the same thing?


No! It would be best if we always agreed! :-)
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:06 pm

adric22 wrote:I like the headlights. I think they look awesome. I think it is a style that will be more popular in the future on all cars.
+1-----I love those headlights.
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:30 pm

Oh my God yes! One seriously hideous looking automobile!

oxo wrote:In one word, they could have been much worse: JUKE. :shock:
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:07 am

The leaf looks quirky, bulbous, and friendly. I think if they made the leaf more conventional looking, people would forget it is supposed to be an innovative electric car. If they made it more sleek and aggressive it wouldn't perform like it looked. I would prefer if they actually made the leaf look even more bulbous and distinguishable from gas cars and have even more emphasis put on aerodynamics over aesthetics. For example, getting rid of the chrome strip and black hole in the car's front and use aerodynamic wheels (like Honda Insight Wheels ). If you're gonna stand out you might as well go all the way :D.

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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:21 am

veramis wrote:The leaf looks quirky, bulbous, and friendly. I think if they made the leaf more conventional looking, people would forget it is supposed to be an innovative electric car. If they made it more sleek and aggressive it wouldn't perform like it looked. I would prefer if they actually made the leaf look even more bulbous and distinguishable from gas cars and have even more emphasis put on aerodynamics over aesthetics. For example, getting rid of the chrome strip and black hole in the car's front and use aerodynamic wheels (like Honda Insight Wheels ). If you're gonna stand out you might as well go all the way :D.


My impression is that Nissan was trying to walk a very fine line between being too obviously an EV, which would turn people off (day-glo colors, whacky configurations), and being too unremarkable. They do need some "EV recognition", but not too much.

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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:25 am

i love the hedlights.
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