Originally Posted by nanopelican
Alright, well then flip it around. Not why aren't the cars beautiful, but why are they so damn ugly? Almost intentionally so. I posted the Impreza as an excellent example of a reasonably-priced car with great lines. So there's got to be more to the story.
apathy towards high design.... sometimes "new car" already makes it nice (to the masses) despite its ugliness.
if someone gave me a brand new lincon towncar (which i think is really ugly) I'd still like the fact that its a brand new car.
ugly cars are still cars. they transport people from point A to point B. while what a car looks like factors high in desirability, great lines and aesthetics are not essential to its purpose.
finding a great mix of price, safety, performance, and looks requires a little work on the consumers part.
So if you do find a reasonably priced car that looks great (on top of the more essential things) then kudos to you especially if you're in the minority.