• Jun 27, 2007

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Via Dieselstation (an Autoblog fave) comes this utterly disastrous adventure in styling. The current-gen VW Passt is a handsome car, and as such, it can be made to look really great with subtle changes, as we saw at last year's NY Auto Show, where a Passat wearing subtle factory appearance mods really elevated the presence of the staid sedan. The same goes for the Audi A3. The cars are good looking when they roll out of the factory, and both can be made to look cool without doing anything drastic. You know the saying: Less is more.

Unfortunately, that adage is frequently ignored -- and in this particular case, with extreme prejudice. The blame for the Passat depicted above can be laid at the doorstep of German tuning firm, Pro Street Carstyling Concepts, which apparently has a grille fetish so severe that an intervention from friends and family might be in order. This is also demonstrated, to a slightly lesser degree, in the Passat wagon and A3 3-door shown in the attached gallery. We're fans of Audi's single-frame grille, but this shows what happens when the concept is taken too far. What was once distinctive simply becomes... bad.

[Source: Pro Street Carstyling Concepts via Dieselstation]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      the common cure for bugs on the road. He should be able to capture them all in that maw. stick a bug light in the middle of it and be done.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That front end looks even more inviting than Paris Hilton.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come on, its VW's trademark looking out for the driver. If i'm feeling tired on the road, I pull over, park the car, and walk into the front of the car for a nap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't mind the big grille - it harkens back to the 1920s radiator grilles, and considering all the body-cladding on these mod cars, you need a robust grille that stands up to it all. I've never understood, however why there's no logo on the grilles of these cars. It makes them look generic. Ditto the Kia Amanti and Hyundai GX.

      The Passat needs the supersized VW badge from a microbus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And welcome back to another episode of "When Good Cars Go Bad", sigh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been a fan of the big empty opening grille ever since I fell in love with Cobra 427. But this! This is over the top. The looks you'll get from that will be WTF? No thank you. The grille should not go to the ground.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it! Where's the handle so I can start sucking up cats and small children?
      • 7 Years Ago
      (mouth gaping open) (realizes he looks like this VW, closes mouth)
      • 7 Years Ago
      that looks retarded, almost cartoonish
      • 7 Years Ago


      Hoover Vacuum should sponsor a Pro Street Carstyling race team.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That thing must have its own gravitational pull. I wonder if matter gets sucked into it like black holes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a basking shark.
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