Five 1990s redesigns that should have stayed on the drawing board
Last generation coupe had it all - looks, handling, build quality, value for money. Unsightly new model has handling, build quality, value for money...
Back in the mid-1990s, the idea was right - to inject some style into what had become a bland lower-medium hatchback. The result was described by Toyota as 'characterful,' and by many others as graceless and bizarre. Recent facelift is a slight improvement.
Last Scorpio has gone down in automotive legend as the most extraordinary-looking European car for decades. Hideous front seemed rather stylish compared with the bulbous rear. No wonder Ford pulled out of the sector.
Not that there's anything wrong with the current Civic (due to be replaced this autumn), but many remember the stylish Civic from the early 1990s, before the car was made in the UK. It may have been less 'European,' but it had bags of style.
Last year's facelift gave the Renault Megane exactly the same frontal styling as its Nissan Almera stablemate, making life difficult for marketers keen on differentiating group products after Renault's takeover of Nissan.