I passed the '11 Accord on the way from work yesterday and I realized Honda added unattractive red taillight extensions on the trunk itself. I think they are for reflective safety purposes, but they just don't look good. I wanted to point out some other examples of excessive red glass in recent history:
From a previous post, you guys know I am not a fan of the MKT. Nothing about the design works, but the rear end is the final nail in the coffin in this hearse.
I never liked the Rendezvous either. I understand why the taillights are so big - they connect to the glass between the C and D pillars in a similar angle. It was a good idea, but from the side profile, look at how much red plastic was used to make it happen.
|Ford Escort ZX2|
What a pointless car. Not competitive, not sporty, utterly pointless. The red reflective glass between the two taillights is especially pointless and overdone.
The Mercury Villager, based on the Nissan Quest, was popular in its day, but I never liked the red reflectors on the back end.
I generally liked the Intrepid and thought that Chrysler's cab forward designs were somewhat futuristic. However, the Intrepid overused red plastic on the rear end. Was this the only way they could think of to differentiate the Intrepid from the Concorde and LHS?
In Hyundai's otherwise stellar lineup, the Azera sticks out like a sore thumb. It sort of looks like a last-gen Buick LaCrosse. Does the Azera really need red plastic across the entire back end? The Azera logo would look better on the body color.
|Maybach 62 S|
The Maybach has a very well-appointed interior, but the exterior has always been (rightfully) criticized as a warmed-over last-gen S-Class. The rear end uses an unnecessary amount of red plastic to connect the 2 taillights together. Could that be the reason why sales have fallen flat of expectations?
|Mid-90s Mitsubishi Eclipse|
The mid-90s Eclipse, along with its sister the Eagle Talon, has achieved cult-status in the JDM / touge world, but it will not stop me from criticizing its overuse of red plastic between the taillights. The red plastic does have a better effect than the Honda Accord first pictured above, but it is still pointless.
The taillights are just one of the many things wrong about this car...
GM needed quick and cheap ways to differentiate its large sedan platform between its brands, and Pontiac drew the short straw on the excessive red plastic.
|Late-90s Subaru Legacy / Outback|
I do not like Subarus, and this is no exception. Look at how much unnecessary red plastic is used between the taillights. They even had to "crystallize" the word Subaru in the middle of it. Yuck. Simple silver lettering without the red plastic would have been a bit more tasteful, no?
GM should have saved the extra expense and left off the red plastic - maybe it would have saved the brand from financial difficulty and its eventual demise :)