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    Default Anatomical Styling

    Sculptured, almost anatomical, curves seem to be an increasingly popular component of a lot of the new cars.

    But maybe Lexus should have stuck with muscle groups: triceps, deltoids, gluteous maximus etc.

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    The European pedestrian-impact rules have produced some design changes that, well, aren't so good. And if enough manufacturers follow, it becomes a design trend, which makes the ugly less obvious. But ugly is still ugly, even if everyone is joining in.

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    What Jack says is true, but I think there's more to it.

    My theory is that ever since Audi came out with its large, inverted parallelogram grille shape back in 2005, there has been a movement by automakers to come up with their own signature grille. Lots of builders have had a signature grille for some time (BMW and Alfa for example), but the design trend accelerated about 2005. I can recall some:

    Mazda -- Kodo design, pinched-corner chevron grille
    Subaru -- It started with the inverted form of the Alfa center mini grille, but has changed since one automotive journalist termed it a "flying vagina" on the Tribeca.
    Acura -- Shiny, fang-looking blade across the top
    Kia -- I've read that it's called a "tiger nose"

    Other brands have had signature grille looks for a long time, sometimes decades or more:

    Aston Martin -- Essentially an inverted outline of its winged logo
    Bugatti -- inverted horseshoe
    Buick -- waterfall
    Chevrolet -- open grille with horizontal strip across the center
    Cadillac -- egg crate pattern, now using diagonal mesh on performance models
    Chrysler -- egg crate pattern
    Ferrari -- egg crate
    Jeep -- seven vertical slots, always
    Maseratti -- oval with concave grille mesh
    Mercedes -- a derivation and evolution of the grilles dating from the 1930s.
    Porsche -- no grille
    Rolls Royce -- probably the brand that started the whole trend of signature grilles
    Volvo -- soft-cornered rectangle with diagonal slash

    So many shapes have been claimed for so long by other manufacturers that by the time Lexus and Infiniti arrived and decided they needed their own signature grille, most of the shapes were already taken. So we end up with this:

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    Removable design for sporty tailgaters.

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