• Aug 16, 2007
When we first saw the new Subaru Impreza and Tribeca at the New York Auto Show, we were a little disappointed with the overall styling direction. It seems as though Subaru wanted to play it safe with two of its most important models, but little did we know, the worst was yet to come. After seeing the two-tone 2008 Outback on the VWvortex forums, we think Subaru just abandoned safe in favor of just plain ugly. Although we can appreciate the dearth of plastic cladding surrounding the Outback, it honestly looks like the plant where this beauty was assembled ran out of paint for the front and rear bumpers, and we're seeing bare plastic. This Subaru may be the worst interpretation of two-tone paint of the 21st century. Congratulations Aztek, you're off the hook. At this point, body cladding would be like a gift from Harley Earl. Click on the 'Read' link below for more pictures of the Impreza Outback.

[Source: VWvortex]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! You get water-damage lines right out of the box! Good job, Subie!

      Oh BTW, that guy talking about which Japanese company designs the best. Ever heard of a company called Mazda? Look it up!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru Impreza!(ugh..)

      This car should be renamed....Subaru Emesis!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anybody buy Subies for their stunning styling? I've always thought of Subaru as the Saab (pre-GM) of Japanese autos - a car for people looking for something different.

      And speaking of different, I like the color combo. Champagne or silver by themselves are sooooo boring, but together . . .
      • 7 Years Ago
      Roller skate!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru have never sold anything but ugly vehicles OMI. Why expect a change now?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bowel Movement Brown + Rattle Can Grey

      zzzz........
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just as cladding has (thankfully gone out of style), subaru adds faux cladding to the outback sport. It would be one thing if they actually added some cladding but most of the "cladding" is simply paint. Note how the front bumper is actually a different color but the "cladding" over the fenders and doors is simply paint. It's almost laughable how the fender paint meets the bumper.
        • 7 Years Ago
        not sure if this is the real thing if the cladding is just paint.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a Gen 1 Saturn wagon.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I'll have you know that I drove a '94 SW2 for many years and I will not have you sullie its visage in such a way, sir! : )
      • 7 Years Ago
      First, the Impreza Outback Sport has been two-tone like this for years now. The only difference now is they're using the same template on the new 08 Impreza design.

      Also, this pic is showing probably the worst two-tone color combo available on the OBS. The Silver/Silver and Black/Dark gray color schemes look a lot better, from the photos seen so far. Even Blue/Silver is a little better than the Gold/Silver.

      Here's a good shot of the Black/Dark Gray OBS:
      http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19059830&postcount=12
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let reliability, quality and other positive things aside, Japanese were never famous for designing good-looking cars. Honda was probably the best, but even it could be called "inoffensively conservative" at its best. Nissan made great strides, not on its own, but with help from Renault, effectively making it the best looking Japanese cars in history of Japan (in my opinion, of course). Among them, Mitsubishi and Subaru have always prominently shined as companies responsible for the hideousness worth mentioning. Latest Subaru creations are not exceptions. Taking hints from Chinese Chery and, when Subaru designers are capable of copying given their total lack of skills, from Hyundai, Subaru blessed the world with the latest Impreza and Tribeca. Way to go!
        • 7 Years Ago
        French is known for making a crap car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks exactly as if someone tried to save a few bucks and put a junkyard front clip on their Subary after rear-ending another car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks exactly as if someone tried to save a few bucks and put a junkyard front clip on their Subary after rear-ending another car.
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