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Old 07-06-2013, 08:10 PM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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First of all, I cannot cover every car segment, but I'm just opening up the thread for discussion as I am not a "car guy" that is an expert on trends and year-to-year sales. However, I believe there are a few car companies that have scored an A on designs that became game changers that competing companies had to follow suit or risk losing car sales. My list: 1963 Porshe 911, 1975 BMW 3 Series, 1986 Ford Taurus, 1991 Ford Explorer, 2002 Nissan Altima, any model of the Mini Cooper.

Again, I'm looking for a discussion about cars that caused competitors to develop similarily styled designs. Please don't make this thread about "best looking designs" because that is subjective.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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The fourth gen Accord 90-93 really changed the sedan market. If you look at anything the big three was offering it was no contest.

The 80-83 Toyota HiLux 4WD pretty much made everything else look like a steaming pile of crap for a mini truck. With each following generation it became pretty clear that Ford or GM would never catch up. Its pretty pathetic that the big three still needed the chicken tax on trucks to "level" the playing field.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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The first generation Lexus RX300 SUV...
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:41 PM
 
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First of all, I cannot cover every car segment, but I'm just opening up the thread for discussion as I am not a "car guy" that is an expert on trends and year-to-year sales. However, I believe there are a few car companies that have scored an A on designs that became game changers that competing companies had to follow suit or risk losing car sales. My list: 1963 Porshe 911, 1975 BMW 3 Series, 1986 Ford Taurus, 1991 Ford Explorer, 2002 Nissan Altima, any model of the Mini Cooper.

Again, I'm looking for a discussion about cars that caused competitors to develop similarily styled designs. Please don't make this thread about "best looking designs" because that is subjective.
There was no Porsche 911 back in 1963. Porsche had the 356 back then which was the precursor to the 911.

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Everyone copies everyone to a point.

Can't tell you how many times I've seen a Benz or Jag and then realized I was looking at a Kia
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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First of all, I cannot cover every car segment, but I'm just opening up the thread for discussion as I am not a "car guy" that is an expert on trends and year-to-year sales. However, I believe there are a few car companies that have scored an A on designs that became game changers that competing companies had to follow suit or risk losing car sales. My list: 1963 Porshe 911, 1975 BMW 3 Series, 1986 Ford Taurus, 1991 Ford Explorer, 2002 Nissan Altima, any model of the Mini Cooper.
Definitely disagree on the Ford Explorer. They didn't do anything that was already done years previous by...

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There was no Porsche 911 back in 1963. Porsche had the 356 back then which was the precursor to the 911.
The 911 debuted in Sept. 1963 as a 1964 model.

Another game changer was the Chrysler minivan. Pretty much singlehandedly killed off the station wagon. I'd also have to say that the Tesla roadster has been a game changer, it really made other companies put more effort into their electric vehicle programs, and we'd have a lot less electric options out there if it weren't for Tesla really kicking things off.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:28 PM
 
Location: The hills of western Washington
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VW microbus, the first minivan Long, long before the Caravan came to be. 1950
Ford Mustang 1965, and AGAIN in 2005...
VW Golf/Rabbit 1974
VW GTI 1983
MGB 1962
Honda Accord 1976
Ford Taurus 1986
Chevrolet Suburban 1933... Still in production, the original SUV and still the best...
Mercedes Benz "E" class
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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The rounded rear end of the Mercedes line for fuel efficiency. Lower tail drag coefficient.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:44 PM
 
Location: The Old Dominion
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then there are a lot of Japanese and Korean carmakers who really love Mercedes and BMW.
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