I should have better completed my thought before about the link between Hyundai and Mercedes design...
TL;DR: It feels like Mercedes design has been getting more and more generic and is taking more cues and similar shapes from mainstream Asian brands.
Mercedes design into the mid-2010s was more purposeful with chunkier headlights and tail lights, and an elegant but prominent looking grill that contributed to stronger looking exterior design. Over the last generation, their products have migrated to very generic looking horizontal tail lights and head lights that could be any Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, etc. The beltline design and shape of the greenhouse is also becoming very nondescript. The cars with the traditional Mercedes grill are holding onto the old design language best, but they now offer a number of other mesh/plastic shield grills that look very generic, and so does the same shape they keep using for lower front bumpers. The EQ cars look terrible and almost Tesla-meets-Prius-like in shape.
I've mentioned it on the podcast but I feel like we've seen this go up and down enough times to notice that Mercedes design tends to go through these phases of being more bold and unique and then being more generic and less interesting. They are currently doing more of the latter in my eyes.
This was a special looking car, and undoubtedly a Mercedes-Benz no matter how quick the glance:
This is a generic looking blob that could be made by Geely, Kia, or any other brand:
Agreed. It is his trademark. It is what differentiates him from the hundreds of other car reviewers -- good and bad -- on YouTube.It’s calculated. I’d be amazed if his team hasn’t A B tested all that stuff to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
There's actually data that making a weird face or doing a funny pose in the thumbnail greatly increases views on YT. That's why everyone does it now.It’s calculated. I’d be amazed if his team hasn’t A B tested all that stuff to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
BTW I also test drove the GLA45AMG to have a rough feeling it's very high specific output 2.0L engine. The salesperson actually encouraged me to go WOT on a highway ramp. Got excited for two seconds before the fake engine noise became unbearable. Got back to the store after just 10 minute test drive. Smoke and burnt oil smell came out of the bottom of the car. The salesperson assured me this is normal and high power cars like this can get hot on a 36C day.
Another car full of show no substance. Even both very high tech looking sensor taps in the restroom of this Mercedes dealer failed. That sums up my experience as a potential Mercedes customer: I would buy one, maybe after 10000 years /s
In the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is combined with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor, a high-performance battery developed in Affalterbach and fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. The system output of 500 kW (680 hp) and the maximum system torque of 1020 Nm make for impressive driving performance: the Saloon and Estate accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Acceleration only ends at an electronically governed 280 km/h (Estate 270 km/h, in both cases with optional AMG Driver's Package).