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Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:02 pm

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. If you redesign them please make it something that we may retrofit on our cars.
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:06 pm

Other reasons for protruding headlights:
1. So it doesn't look like Nissan Versa:
http://www.nissanusa.com/cars/versa-hat ... lp.button1

2. Allows the hood to be dropped lower and decrease wind drag.

You might find this thread interesting:
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12515

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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:09 pm

As DanCar has implied, the design of the headlights is functional - not just cosmetic. Changing them would likely have detrimental impact on both noise levels and range.

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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:09 pm

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.
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:11 pm

I get as many or more positive comments about the bug-eye lights than I do odd looks or worse. I thought they were a bit odd myself at first but now hardly even think about them. The rear also looks a bit different but I think we also grow accustomed to it. They're both part of what makes it "stand out", as it were...
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:43 pm

I do like the rearend/taillights, it's very futuristic to me.
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:43 pm

mbender wrote:I get as many or more positive comments about the bug-eye lights than I do odd looks or worse. They're both part of what makes it "stand out", as it were...



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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:49 pm

OPECsux wrote:I do like the rearend/taillights, it's very futuristic to me.

FWIW, I don't like the taillight design nor other cars that preceded it w/a similar design (e.g. 1st gen Pontiac Trans Port minivan).

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

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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:52 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.

I thought they were weird at first, but I have become very fond of the "bug-eyed" look. It is one more thing (besides the ocean blue color) that helps me pick my Leaf out in an instant in a crowded parking lot of cars.
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Re: Get Rid of The Goofy Looking Headlights

Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:04 pm

Leaf basically looks like an anime character - people who don't like anime (and usually think hummer is beautiful) think Leaf is ugly ;)
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