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LOL there are lots of follow sheepie like generic grills on generic cars that make up Russian doll type line-ups l hate them, bring back the dog bone grill and classic coke bottle styling of 1960's, when the Mustang/Bullet/McQueen killed off Fords dull car anodyne ole barge look when Ford, GM & MOPAR ruled the US car market, now Honda, Nissan & Toyota rule the car market when it all boils down boring dull appliance cars the Japanese reliability is all that separates car sales on an appliance car. LOL Windows CAD 1.11 won't allow it wont think outside the hexagon template.
 

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LOL there are lots of follow sheepie like generic grills on generic cars that make up Russian doll type line-ups l hate them, bring back the dog bone grill and classic coke bottle styling of 1960's, when the Mustang/Bullet/McQueen killed off Fords dull car anodyne ole barge look when Ford, GM & MOPAR ruled the US car market, now Honda, Nissan & Toyota rule the car market when it all boils down boring dull appliance cars the Japanese reliability is all that separates car sales on an appliance car. LOL Windows CAD 1.11 won't allow it wont think outside the hexagon template.
The now-classic Escort dog-bone grill was an accident - it was going to be rectangular like the mk2 Cortina and later mk2 Escort but it was thought to be insufficiently different from the Vauxhall Viva HB already on sale, especially as both had "coke-bottle" sides.
 

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The grille of a car, is an opening. A blunt edged box, or rectangle, would look awful. Cars, even with the most 'squared off', hard edged, crisp lines, are still very rounded and sculpted.
A hexagon is simply a sculpted edged box/rectangle. Fitting with the rest of the 'hard yet soft' lines, of cars these days.

I get the question. But, it's more an exercise in stating the obvious. Akin to "why do all shoes use laces, to be tied up?", or "hats? why only for the head?"

A better question, would be, instead of a hexagonal shape, what other shape would you prefer they use?
 

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Chevy needs a new grille or a reinvention of the split bar.

Buick's design is the classic waterfall plus the new Wildcat throwback... the shape does not bother me or strike me as generic, as the elements of it make it stand out.

Throwing Nissan up there is disingenuous, as they're moving to their "V motion" grille.

Ram is more about the elements rather than the shape.

The Fiat grille isn't even a real grille, it's a rendering.

Audi has used it forever and Mini's is a riff off of their classic grille, which has also been used forever.

Ford is aping Aston Martin, which is a brand on the absolute verge of slipping into anonymity outside of their badge. The DB10 looks like one of those generic supercar mashups you'd see in GTA.

Toyota and Honda have never struck me as very design-driven brands, and while Hyundai may have started the trend towards mainstream premium design with Fluidic Sculpture, their latest cars are pretty generic, as well.

The hexagonal grille is a trend, but it's at these peaks that someone breaks the mold and starts a new one. Watch for it.
 

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How much of this overall shape is dictated by physics given the current state of front pedestrian impact regulations?
 

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I think it's time to ask, why all the Hexagonal shaped grills. Can't tell one brand from another. See attached Pic.
Btw, who was the first with a clear hexagonal grill? I think Audi. I wouldn't categorize Aston's as hexagonal. The GM one in the collage of pictures is heptagonal btw.
 

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Car design goes in cycles, with cars becoming more alike as companies copy new successful designs, until many look too similar. Then a bold new design comes out, and everybody copies that, leading to a new generation of look-alike cars. Then repeat, repeat, repeat.
When the next new design emerges, it will all change again!
 

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What else can manufacturers do? It's not like they can put any kind of style into the government mandated slab sided diaper doors that are ruining cars and trucks left and right.

Heavy overwrought front and rear fascias is all that the Auto companies have left.
 

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Why not a grill-less design?

Grills have gotten so large, it is not like the engines need to breath that much air.
 
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Why not a grill-less design?

Grills have gotten so large, it is not like the engines need to breath that much air.
I'm only that familiar with one mfg lately but it really irks me that upto HALF the grille is mostly-visibly blocked off

re: grille-less
for whatever reason/afaik they haven't been popular (ie selling) for a good number of years
tho I expect/hope brands TRY one as BEVs become ready-for-primetime/populer


Yep, it's definitely a current trend in automotive design.
what happens when most vehicles are
- design by members of a smaaaaaaall club (starting with not that many design schools) &OR
- Approvers aren't designers
 
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It's probably one of the few forums working right now.
has [Edit] been working lately??


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forgot to say
ANYthing is better than you-know-whose Predator/spider-face
 

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I see what you are saying, certainly. The point I was trying to get across, that each brand used to be identifiable. Many of these cars, if the LOGO was missing, you would have a hard time telling brand from another. I like the shape in general, just saying it should be left to a couple brands, and not used by all. Pontiac and BMW were similar in the twin-port thing; now it's only BMW.
 
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