Two Takes on the American Large Car

One is from a Korean company and one is by an American company. 

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I have to say the Lincoln does not come out well in this little competition. It is missing visual mass at the front. The Genesis might not be innovative in any particular way. On the other hand all the details are right and the proportions spot on. Ford’s accountants hamstring their designers who, I am very sure, don’t want to draw cars with side views like this Lincoln.

I have a feeling the Genesis’ brightwork at the C-pillar is done more pleasingly than usual. I hate seeing a join there. The metal should go around the corner without interruption. Often there is a break to accommodate a version with chrome on the window sill, or chrome over the top of the window or chrome all the way around the DLO.

[The Genesis image source. Lincoln image source.]

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

8 thoughts on “Two Takes on the American Large Car”

  1. You are spot on in saying it lacks visual mass out front. It’s a strangely chinless thing that Lincoln. About the only distinctive thing about the car is the massively oversized door handles within the chrome window surround. Silly things alas, that give the impression the doors weigh half a ton each, to in turn require such massive handles… Yet they have electric switches behind to open the door with!!! So they are massively oversized.

  2. When Peter Schreyer went off to Kia in 2006, and when he was named Car Magazine’s Designer Of All Time In This Cosmos And Any Other (or some such) in a poll that was blatantly massaged by Kia’s fan base, he pretty much attracted universal scorn. One implication was that he couldn’t cut it in the European or US industries, so had gone off to easier and more mediocre pastures.

    Unaccustomed as I am to praising people with contrived wardrobes, he obviously knew exactly what he was doing. Kia-Hyundai was somewhere where he would have decent autonomy, that wanted to impress and, possibly, didn’t have production engineers whose first reaction was “naah, can’t do that”. If not groundbreaking, their designs are usually good looking and better thought out than many of their established competitors. I’m sure it will have been a more interesting job for him than remaining at VAG and, presumably, Luc Donckerwolke feels the same.

    1. I´d go further. Schreyer has produced an excellent body of work. Moving to Kia was an inspired move. If he´d stayed in a European firm he would have been constrained enormously. Commendably he has not gone nuts at Kia but gradually brought their cars to the forefront of consistent, professional and contemporary design. I always think of Peugeot when Kia come up. Imagine if Schreyer had applied his skills there where the are badly needed.

    2. Coming to this cold, if someone was to tell me the Genesis was the Lincoln and vice versa, I would think to myself, ‘that’s a fine imposing looking American sedan’. I’d mentally pat the ill-proportioned Korean impostor on the head and say; ‘well, at least they tried’. The journey from concept to production car lost too much along the way. The Lincoln is dumpy and like the Jaguar X-Type, the FWD architecture is not capable of supporting the styling cues imposed upon it.

  3. The Kia is a nice looking car, but I simply cannot get on with that front treatment. For a large car the grille is generic and somewhat apologetic, whilst the shape and make-up of the headlights look distinctly un-premium. Take the badge off and that front end could be from any one of four or five marques on an off day.

  4. Both cars are not going to be segment leaders, but at least the Genesis is impressive where the Lincoln is (again) disappointing. Dear Ford, maybe ask Sergio for a RWD platform…

    1. Hi: The clever aspect of the Genesis is that it doesn’t have to beat BMW or Mercaudi. It only has to hoover sales from the other brands that feel FWD, shared platforms and V6s (or turbo 4s) is good enough. Lincoln, Buick, Cadillac are the target. I bet a subscription to Car Driver Monthly that within two years this will outsell the equivalently priced cars from Lincoln, Buick and Cadillac.

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