Its that time of the year again, when
Lucire announces the most stylish cars of the coming year.
Our ﬁnalists reviewed
CARS are the great consumer product, and fashion dictates what
you drive as much as what you wear. And like clothing and make-up,
last years model can, sometimes, look dated. SUVs, once fashionable,
all of a sudden seem outmoded and unfriendly (mind you, we have
been saying that since 2000); but then, as small cars become more
popular, they might seem just a little too common to be stylish.
So in 2007, which models stand out? Which car
suits the Lucire readerthe independent, globally minded
The winner will be announced in issue 22 of
Lucire and public feedback is welcome.
Its hardly new, but those lines that looked so extreme back
then seem right for 2007. The high waistline helps with a cocooning
feeling when you drive it, and its not as OTT as the big S-Klasse.
Ford Motor Company
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
Chopping the roof of an Aston always guarantees plenty of attention,
and the V8 Vantage Roadster is sure to continue that tradition.
We cant think of any Aston convertible that wasnt a
sexy accessory to the independent woman.
Ford Mondeo (CD345)
Featured briefly in issue 21 of Lucire, the Mondeo that
James Bond drove in Casino Royale is the best expression
of Fords Kinetic Design ideas. A snappy handler,
and a great lookerand since BMW 3-series outsell the Mondeo,
you cant call it common any more.
The Europeans have already voted this their Car of the Year, and
we see plenty there. Its a wonderful mix of sportiness and
practicality, and you dont look like youre on the school
run driving it. One of our much talked-about models in Lucire
Also in issue 20, Volvos confident Scandinavian design is
translated into three-door hatchback form, with a look thats
far more distinctive than an Audi A3s.
In Lucire issue 20, the Tesla is the second all-electric
sports car (after the Venturi), but by virtue of being cool and
Californian (started by a bunch of computer types who brought fresh
thinking into automaking), its bound to get the appeal of
Hollywood types. And maybe a few more people.
Based around Lamborghini bits, the Audi R8 is a Germanic interpretation
and a foray into a new market for the Ingolstadt automaker. Its
a surprise entry in this magazinebut we cant get over
how it reminds us of those futuristic show cars from our childhood.
Sold as a Chevrolet in South America, South Africa and the Middle
East, and a Vauxhall in the UK, the Holden Commodore updates the
traditional line, but makes them more Tonka toy-like with chunky
lights and an exaggerated front fender. But the extra weight and
fuel consumption are marks against it, when a diesel should really
have been part of the launch programme. No excuses.
Recognizing that people are tired of everyday, humdrum hatches,
Nissan fields the Qashqai, a vehicle that blends sports car, SUV
and MPV ideas. The last car to cross-over different segments so
successfully was the Nissan Murano.
Germanized version of the Daewoo Winstorm. The Winstorm may have
been styled by white guys, but it still looks Asian, even when they
call it a Chevrolet or Holden Captiva. The Antara takes Opel themes
and the result is a more international design. Sportiness in a SUVits
possible, but Nissans Qashqai shows how much further this
design could have gone.
And Saturn Sky and Opel GT. The price is right, but GMs need
to sell this under different brands means no model tends to express
a particular brands values successfully.
Worth the wait
This is a sexy-looking coupé that wears the single-frame
grille best, of all the Audis so far.
Were so confident of Ian Callums design abilities that
we can make a punt for the XF without seeing it.
Laguna should blend Renaults fluid design ideas with an adventurous
The city car of 08? We shall see, but first indications (of
a show car) are positive.
Underdeveloped Red Chinese car. In theory, Brilliance should do
very well, since it partners with BMW in Red China. But the BS6
falls short on so many areas, it makes the Shanghai-built Roewe
750 (née Rover 75) look great.
Why couldnt Chrysler have scaled down the 300 and make this
look the business? Instead, this Crossfire four-door looks clumsy
by comparison. Toyota is celebrating with its Camry and Aurion.
Citroën C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007
Grafting French grilles on to a Mitsubishi Outlander back is unconvincing.
The last time they mixed an Allied country with an Axis power in
France, we got the Vichy régime. This is not much prettier.
Daewoo Kalos and Gentra
Naughty, naughty. Kalos is a low scorer on Euro and Australian
NCAP safety testsand to add insult to injury, its sold
in Australasia as a Holden Barina, and is less safe than the car
it replaces. Called the Chevrolet Kalos or Aveo in some countries.
Ugly as sin in 2006. Ugly as sin in 2007. The less said about this
mutated Greyhound bus-in-MPV mode, the better.
2001 Audi A4 Avant
2002 Audi A4 Cabriolet
2003 Peugeot 307 CC
2004 Aston Martin DB9
2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK
2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage