I have not the vaguest clue how I know the Fiat Panda has character and the Toyota Avensis does not. There is not one single tangible reason why I love the Ferrari 458 Italia but only respect the McLaren MP4-12C. Both cars do the same thing and make the same noise, but one makes your heart sing and the other doesn’t.
The Veloster does none of these things. The styling doesn’t work at all. It’s silly. And because of the split rear screen, you can’t see what’s behind you. Don’t get me started on the doors, either. No, actually, do get me started. What were they thinking of? I realise that a child can’t get out into the traffic, and that’s nice, but when you’re in a car park, or at home, having to shuffle over the seats to get out is a bloody nuisance.
As it’s this time of year, the Hyundai i-oniq is set for a Geneva motor show debut next week, and is a balls-out statement of intent from the company showcasing its future design.
It measures 4.4m long - a smidge over a Ford Focus - and offers space for four. We haven’t been shown any interior shots, but are promised “future premium consumer electronics technology” and “high-tech equipment”. It’ll probably offer more tech than say, Short Circuit, but won’t be far off Minority Report.
Ah, the Super Bowl. An epic battle of skill, strength, and creativity where position means everything and 30 seconds can feel like an eternity.
And that’s just the advertising.
Last night we asked the followers of @TopGear_BBCA what their favorite Super Bowl car ads were and they responded like Eli Manning on a late fourth quarter drive. Here we give you the play by play:
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Audi was first out the gate with their vampire sendup for the new A7.
It was undoubtedly funny but $3 million seems like a lot to spend on a headlight ad.
Another early fan favorite was Volkswagen’s “The Dog Strikes Back” introducing their redesigned Beetle.
Chevy had strong showings with it’s “Happy Grad” Camaro and “2012” Silverado commercials…
But it was its Chevy Sonic stunts which we are unofficially calling “Chevy’s Unofficial Tribute to Top Gear” which got the most mentions of the three.
Acura’s highly touted Jerry Seinfeld commercial starred their new NSX concept, a car that we are excited to see built…
… but it’s the fine print at the end that makes us cringe. As we’ve stated before, the NSX isn’t scheduled to debut for another three(!) years
“Concept vehicles shown. Actual models may vary. NSX projected debut in next three years. Dates subject to change.”
We feel bad for all of those potential NSX buyers who will have to line up for Acura’s new compact sedan instead.
Fiat seemed to come out of nowhere to secure the lonely hetero male non-Italian-speaking vote:
But it was Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” ad with Clint Eastwood that seemed to knock Top Gear fans on their collective emotional rears.
Strange enough, there was little mention among Top Gear fans of Honda’s “Ferris Bueller” spot for the CRV.
But of course, the greatest car ad of all time, Super Bowl or not, is the advert that James and Jeremy came up with for the VW Scirocco.
Yes it was, @Cowabunga. Yes it was.