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Prius named one of the Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past Fifty Years

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  1. ericbecky

    ericbecky Hybrid Battery Hero

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    Well, the Prius has again made another list.
    This time as one of BusinessWeek's Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past Fifty Years.
    It states that the Prius "...has all the style of a soybean."

    Here's the BusinessWeek blurb about the Prius: Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past Fifty Years
  2. 1SMUGLEX

    1SMUGLEX I love the smug!

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    Those idiots forgot the fact its actually useful and its aerodynamic and people LIKE the shape. I found it maybe odd but not ugly.
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    I guess they forgot to include the latest Honda Insight.

    Also, there is a Mercedes Benz hatchback that looks quite similar to the Prius, at least from the rear.

    I imagine some people like the look of soybeans.
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    dogfriend Human - Animal Hybrid

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    Where did those wheels come from on the Prius?


    When I first saw the 2nd gen Prius, I thought it was kinda ugly - after owning it almost 3 years I think it is a great looking car. :madgrin:
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    Eh, BusinessWeek. They aren't exactly the sharpest pencils in the box. It's not like they've done a particularly good job of covering things they are supposed to actually be knowledgeable about (same as the WSJ and other financial media.) This is just a political statement by the entrenched business conservatives. I would suggest the publication stick to what it knows...but I can't figure out what that would be.

    There are several good functional designs that are not super ugly on that list. They even have the New Beetle in there. While I'm not a VW fan, I thought the car did a good job of modernizing a classic look.

    The good news is that you can reportedly buy Business Week for $1. Not an individual magazine, the whole enterprise. The American Spectator : Out of Business Week
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    In Business Week's great wisdom the following cars are on the top 50 ugly list:
    BMW 7 Series
    Ferrari Enzo
    Chevrolet El Camino
    Bricklin SV1
    DeLorean DMC-12
    Plymouth Prowler
    VW New Beetle
    PT Cruiser
    It would seem that any vehicle that makes a statement gets on the ugly list. Or if it's French, Italian, or any not-3-boxes design. Strangely missing from their list is Saab, while they complain about a Volvo.

    It's hard to even identify a rationale for their picks. They don't like different, and they don't even like gussied up mainstream vehicles. I wonder if the author drives a Nash Rambler that he bought new?
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    radioprius1 Climate Conspirisist

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    I agree 100% with you. I couldn't believe they had the Ferrari in there, or the Escalade, or any of the cars you listed. Just a stupid, stupid article by a lame author.
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    TonyPSchaefer Your Friendly Moderator Staff Member

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    :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

    Thanks to NewsWeek, everyone who is waiting for a Prius just saw their wait time drop. Everyone else can wait for the Volt.
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    I had exactly the same reaction.

    Tom
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    yadax3 New Member

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    The first time I saw a Gen II Prius I loved it, even before I knew it was a hybrid and a Toyota. I still like the pointed front end on the Gen II better than the front end on the Gen III. To each his own I guess.
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    Well, I love the look and shape of the Prius. Actually, I owned three VW Beetles and loved the way they looked too.
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    I've thought the same thing, but can't remember which
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    JimboPalmer Nadir of Wrongness

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    I am betting some one was required to find 50 cars and just added filler. some of the cars listed are beautiful, even the non-Prius's.

    [​IMG]
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    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

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    like any "list" a lot i agree with, a lot i dont. just an opinion. everyone has one. thats why cars come in different colors and lets face it. this is a thinly disguised ploy by Newsweek to save money.

    they will simply wait, memories will fade, they will swap out a half dozen cars or so and in 6 months post the article

    "50 Most Beautiful Cars"
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    BusinessWeek, not Newsweek.
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    Danny Admin/Founder Staff Member

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    Glad to see both cars in my garage are on the list :)
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    When I was in publishing Business Week was know as Business Weak. I definitely agree.
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    +1

    It aint easy being smug ... and ugly ... at the same time. Call it 'smugly'

    .
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    What an awesome accolade. I'm the proud owner of a Prius!
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    And a few will end up on both lists. :rolleyes:
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