• Nov 14, 2007
The E-Type Jaguar is beautiful. The Lamborghini Miura is beautiful. Most reasonable individuals bestowed with the gift of sight would not argue those points. Alas, "beautiful" as an adjective is regularly abused. Case in point: the new Roewe 550, which is inexplicably described as such by our Sino-focused blogging brothers at China Car Times. We strenuously disagree. We understand that there are many ugly Chinese cars, and that when the nation's auto industry produces one that doesn't cause onlookers to instantaneously turn to stone, it's noteworthy. That said, "not overwhelmingly ugly" does not equal "beautiful." The Roewe 550's front end looks as if a modern Nissan/Infiniti (grille shape & slats), a Saturn Aura (everything below the front bumper), and a last-gen Chrysler Sebring or 300M (headlamps) got caught in a horrific Star Trek transporter accident. As you can see, the result is far from beautiful, despite the generous claims of China Car Times. They're entitled to their opinions, of course, but if this is beautiful then the new Malibu looks like Malcom Pray's 1939 Delahaye by comparison.

[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      According to the China Car Times headlines: "RIP Camry: Roewe 550 to begin prowling streets soon". So let's all get this straight: the Roewe 550 is a family sedan meant to compete with Camry, not with the Jaguar E-Type or the Lamborghini Miura. What's next, the Chevy Malibu is not beautiful because it doesn't measure up to the Aston Martin Vantage or the Ferrari F430?

      If you wish to bash Chinese products, feel free to bring up their poor vehicle crash safety, the recalls in their toys and pet food, etc, etc. But as far as looks go, the Roewe 550 is in the same ballpark as all the other family sedans on American freeways, a mediocre player in a mediocre field.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nissan said it perfectly. It's simply a matter of the meaning behind the word...most of us aren't saying it's an ugly car, I think it's a nice looking car. But beautiful is reserved for cars like the Porsche 911, or the Ford GT, cars that grab your attention and keep it. This car I might glance and, and simply look away, it wouldn't hold my attention.
        • 7 Years Ago
        nissanfreak87 @ Nov 14th 2007 1:09PM wrote:
        "... referring to this [Roewe 550] as beautiful would put it in the same league as those cars [such as the Miura, Vantage, and E-type] ..."

        If a man claims his girlfriend/wife is beautiful, does that put her in the same league as supermodels? I don't think so. Just because a Chinese website claims the Roewe 550 is beautiful, doesn't mean it was placed in the same league as Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, or Jaguars. That would be preposterous, especially after the aforementioned Chinese website had made it a point in its headline to compare the Roewe 550 to the Camry. And yeah, the Camry makes just about any car look beautiful in comparison, including the Roewe 550.
        • 7 Years Ago
        See, no one refers to the Camry as beautiful, beautiful is kept for those few striking cars that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Those would include the Miura, Vantage, and E-type, referring to this as beautiful would put it in the same league as those cars, which it not even close too. The car is hideous, it's soft, there's no structure to it, just rounded sides without any real accent, it looks heavy and nothing flows together, that makes it by far the worst looking car in the mid-size car field.

        but then again, everyone's taste is different.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would make a great getaway car for the next Malibu bank robbery ad
      • 7 Years Ago
      No, it's not "beautiful", but it's no more ugly than any American-made alternative, many of which lean heavily on aggressive front end styling to set them apart from all the other genuinely mediocre cars out there. Just look at today's photos of the MKS and Malibu, both of which adopt the flat-faced 'Detroit grin' but from the chops backwards are less exciting than a trip to the dentist.

      Doubtless the Roewe will also be horribly mediocre, but it'll also be worryingly cheap and its looks are a) inoffensive and b) not overtly trendy, meaning it'll sell to the majority of buyers who simply aren't interested in cars. They just want A-B wheels.

      If it passes crash and emissions tests I dare say it'll fly out of showroom doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SuperSkyline89: the same argument could be made får the US.
      and by the way the E-type is an abomination, i cant belive that ppl actually think it's beutiful.

      I would love to own one of these Roewes and get my own opinion before i start badmouthing it. it is a beutiful car, a brave design and like said before, more original than most other cars out there
      • 7 Years Ago
      The body looks like a Toyota Camry and the front grill looks like a Nissan's, headlights remind me of a Chrysler Sebring and this may sound weird but the bottom of the front bumper screams Audi R8 at me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yep lol, I was thinking this was the much rumored update to the current Sebring - what's funny/sad is that as awkward looking as this car is, it would still be smoother than the current Chrysler rental fleet offering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not the best looking car I've seen, but far better than the brazen copies of other cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like a lincoln in toyota clothing
      • 7 Years Ago
      make that a "Merklerota"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another car from China? If it can hit a brick wall at 10 m.p.h. and NOT crumble into a passenger-crushing heap, I'll consider it beautiful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks no worse than the new Malibu or Sebring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aww come on guys, don't be so quick to judge other blogs for their biases. Can you blame them for slathering praise on a car that actually looks OK and comes from China? After all, your based-in-America blog claims that the shovel-nosed, deeply unsexy Lincoln MKS is bringing a "new look" to American luxury. If grafting the Maserati Quattroporte's ass onto a Volvo S80 is an achievement, I guess we owe them a thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a near exact replica of a Lexus IS, with modified taillights and a Chrysler 300M front-end.
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