Why do automakers make ugly cars? I've often thought about it. I've seen an Aston Martin parked next to a new Accord. The difference is very striking. Does the Aston have curves that are hard to make (costly) in mass production? I would think with the economies of scale of Honda/Toyota that they could make just about anything at a price far cheaper or equivalent to Aston's/Fords manufacture. Why then, does Toyota or Honda not come out with a car that is as beautiful as the Aston? Are there only a handful of designers in the world that can pen attractive designs, and are they all employed by the upscale automakers? Hyundai of recent has shown that inexpensive cars need not be bland and ugly, but they have stopped short of making anything expressive and lovely. I don't understand this. Why does Acura produce cars (TL) which are ungainly, garish, and hideous, and Lexus cars that are so immediately bland and dated? Are there really only a handful of companies in the world (BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Aston, Porsche, Ferrari) that can produce an attractive vehicle? WTF?
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