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.
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.