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#1 59-Desoto

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 09:12 AM

Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted ImageWow what a change from the one us old guys grew up with

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 09:53 AM

If they were trying for a "retro" look, they failed ! Looks like almost any other mini-van,.....and I despise mini-vans. At least the old parrot nose bus had character, but this is UGLY ! with a capital "U" that rhymes with "poo" and that's what it looks like,...."Poo" It will probably cost a small fortune too !Justmy 2 cents !!

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:02 AM

The angular headlights and round driving lights are fighting each other.

What it needs is more curves (and more cowbell! B))

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:16 AM

The angular headlights and round driving lights are fighting each other.

What it needs is more curves (and more cowbell! B))

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with round head lights it dose not look half bad

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:20 AM

I like Harry's redesign better.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:51 AM

Definitely needs more cowbell! And a peace sign or two.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:10 PM

Definitely needs more cowbell! And a peace sign or two.


Maybe they should make replacing the "VW" logo with a peace symbol an option! :lol:

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:16 PM

Like it with the round lights better. Won't see it in the US or Canada though, probably wouldn't pass all the governments safety standard
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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:07 PM

with round head lights it dose not look half bad


Think Harry should send them his idea with the round headlights , that s an amazing improvement Harry . Thing is so ugly I would want to hide it somewhere out of site and not show it to the would LOL :lol: Just my opinion

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:09 PM

Think Harry should send them his idea with the round headlights , that s an amazing improvement Harry . Thing is so ugly I would want to hide it somewhere out of site and not show it to the would LOL :lol: Just my opinion


Thanks! I agree, it makes a huge difference. Those angular headlights make it look like a giant angry insect! :lol:

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:10 PM

So then I guess that in todays way too P.C. world, "loved by hippies" really means "ya gotta be smokin' some O' that wacky-weed to dig this one"

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 02:53 PM

Yes, the round headlights make a big difference,now add all those extra little windows.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 03:36 PM

I definitely like Harrys design better, but it still looks too much like a larger ELEMENT or one of those other BOXY cars . . . when in doubt go with the vintage design.

I don't understand, what happened to putting curves and tail fins and fat fenders on cars? I miss those.

#14 Zoom Zoom

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 03:59 PM

A Scion xB with a VW badge.

Yawn.

#15 spad007

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:14 PM

A Scion xB with a VW badge.

Yawn.

I am with you ZZZZzzz.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:20 PM

Mr. Downie is right, that's what it looks like. And to think they struck gold with the VW Beetle in fact because it had the round, smooth surfaces.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:51 PM

I've got nothing against it as a new vehicle. What bothers me is corporate exploitation of a wonderful sentimentality for the old microbus on a vehicle that is nothing like the old one beyond the nose emblem. A sentimentality, by the way, that was user generated at a grass roots level. I image a bunch of executive suits in a mahogany board room saying, "Come here homies. We call it the new Microbus because it's cool. Know-what-it-is-that-I-am-saying?

#18 Joe Handley

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:55 PM

A Scion xB with a VW badge.

Yawn.


Right on the money there :lol:


Maybe if they made it look like an actual VAN............................. ;)

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 06:12 AM

Actually, that Microbus is a development of a concept van that VW showed back about 2002-2003 at all the big new car auto shows. I got the assignment to develop the Johnny Lightning 1/64 scale diecast of it, in early 2003--I wasn't terribly impressed with the looks of the thing, dunno if it sold all that well, even when marketed in our VW-series assortments.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 06:37 AM

This is the early 2000's concept.

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I also like Harry's changes he did to the new concept. Lose their squinting eyes, the ridiculous waterfall nose, and you may have something.

BTW, there was a plastic 1/25 promo done of the earlier concept shown above. I have it stashed away. Someday I should hunt it down and photograph it.

Edited by Jon Cole, 01 May 2011 - 06:39 AM.