Originally Posted by Andre Yew
The CLS55 AMG is a pretty nice-looking M-B, as is the SL (especially in AMG trim). Also, is it just me or is "CLS" too phonetically close to Cialis? I wonder if someone in M-B was trying to comment on their demographic.
I think the CLS and 6 series coupes are a stunning cars. Feminine in design sure, but I'd still happily drive either if given the chance.
My only thinking with this whole "Bangle designs suck" thinking is that BMW aficiandos (and having driven them since I was 16 count myself as one) who chastise his designs fail to realize the cars his designs replaced weren't setting the world on fire. BMW has sold more cars in the past few years, and more 7 series for that matter, than at any other time in its history. Yes, part of this has to do with BMW re-positioning itself as less of a driver's car and more of a mass luxury vehicle. However, cars in BMW's price range are purchased based more on an emotional and social response than strictly as transport. That means people are reacting favourably to Bangle's designs.
I love the 3, 5 and 7 series of the 90's, in fact they're some of my favourite cars. However, they're basically similar shaped jelly beans in small, medium, and large sizes. The Z8 was a truly beautiful car but never meant for mass consumption. Whereas the Bangle inspired 3, 5 and 7 designs are. They may not be everyone's cup of tea, I still don't like the new 7 series, but I respect and admire a large corporation like BMW that has the balls to polarize their customer base.