After 'niceness,' which direction will Mazda designers go?

After reading about the plan to tone down the "smiley" look of the Mazda3, I couldn't help but feel a little sad.

Forgive me, but I just like the way those cars make me feel whenever I see one on the road.

Just this week, I was having a pretty lousy day. On the drive home, I saw a blue Mazda3, just grinning at me through my rear-view mirror. And I couldn't help but smile.

I wonder if Mazda drivers notice me chuckling every time they approach me on the street. It's enjoyment, not derision.

Where will designers go when they tone down the smiley face on the Mazda3? Some drivers want to know. Photo credit: MAZDA

In my imagination, I see Mazda designers in a studio somewhere, saying: "To heck with it, we're going to have a little fun with this one," then taking the front fascia design completely over the top.

When it comes to passing judgment on design, I prefer to leave that to the experts.

Hopefully a redesign will work out well for Mazda. But on behalf of bored drivers everywhere, thanks for adding a little "niceness" to the road.

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