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A310 V6 Prototype a.k.a “PseudoMerak”

I found a strange photo earlier in one of my Alpine books of an A310 prototype—-which made me start searching online for more prototype photos.

The A310 was introduced in 1971 as glorified successor to the Alpine throne, and by 1976 Alpine introduced the car with a 2.7L V6.  The car pictured here is a A310 V6 prototype which has seemingly been preserved!

What’s most striking here though, is the Maserati Merak-aping rear end!  Was this a disguise for testing purposes or was this really being planned at some point?  Even as a die-hard Alpine fanatic, i would think this is outright plagiarism! Obviously the design never actually made it anywhere, as the A110 production continued to 1984 with the design virtually unchanged, aside from body kits, wheel designs, and small tweaks.  Maybe this was just an ‘inside joke’ inside Dieppe!

a comparison of a Merak vs. this A310 V6 prototype. HA!

src:  Far

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the taillights of two cities.

I was stuck in traffic today (as i generally am), and found it quite amusing that there is a common similarity between the shapes of taillights of the ‘new’ generation BMW 7-series and the Chevy Cruze!

 



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night lights.

So yeah i’m still gushing about my new car, every day I drive it, i love it even more.  A couple of days ago, I realised that I hadn’t actually seen what the headlights and taillights looked like at night, so i got out of the car and looked.  The attention to detail is beautiful.  The headlights have LED lighting across the top, angling down—with bi-xenon primary headlights.  The look is just evil!  The taillights, are using piped LED tubes—which lead to quite a dramatic effect.


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the WORST modern tail lights….

Here at IEDEI, i try to keep things positive and upbeat, however certain things about automotive design really get me going.  Lately i’ve been noticing alot about the taillights on cars…and how bizarrely they are often designed.  I’m starting to get the feeling that some sap in each company sits around doing the design for the lighting bits, and the tail light guy must be the one everyone makes fun of at lunch time…..well probably not, but it makes me feel better to think he exists and this happens!

So what cars have the WORST, most annoying, ugly, and awkward tail lights on modern cars?  Here are a few…

Toyota Altezza/Lexus IS (1st generation)

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Whoever designed these taillights should be run over by an Altezza….THIS CAR brought “clear tail lights” to the mainstream! So every pimpled geeky 17 year-old high school student rollin in his junked out 1991 Corolla w/custom tin can rippy exhaust could ‘special order’ himself a set of Corolla “Altezza” cleared taillights.  Oh the horror…..Toyota should be ashamed of itself for introducing such a trend…

Nissan Altima

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There aren’t too many cars I hate as much as I hate the Nissan Altima.   It is by far one of THE most annoying, common, and idiot-magnet cars on the road today.  I swear that every other Altima i see on the mean streets of NYC are driven by a classless blithering idiot weaving in and out of traffic like a stabbed goat.  Terrible cars, terrible owners, and terrible tail lights designed by someone who thought it’d be cool to go 3D…..guess what, they look like shite maaan! That whole pseudo 3D thing is a miserable failure….looks like several animals were butchered, and then stuffed into a glass cylinder….awful awful.

Mitsubishi Eclipse (current)

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The current-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse is a true loser of a car.  Crap performance, very crappy looks, and horrendous cleared out tail lights (thanks Altezza!…really).  I must admit that i’m not sure if it’s the ill-proportioned car that is making the tail lights worse, or whether they are just rubbish at their steady state normal!

Nissan 350z

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You might start to think that, at this point, I am blindly attacking japanese cars; however it is difficult to deny just how tasteless their design subtleties can be sometimes!  The 350z is another example of a car which just fails on so many levels of design, inside and out.  Aside from being a robotic, warped imitation of the Audi TT design, they decided to turn the tail lights into an elongated spear-shaped trajectory.  This leads to the tail light horizontally invading the side of the car.  Terrible….just terrible.

that’s my shortlist…i’m sure there are plenty more! do you have any suggestions or nominations?

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