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I like what they did to the front grill, makes I look like other Nissan products. But why in the world did they add that little hump in the C pillars? It would be much cleaner to just blacken the area (as in my 10 second edit - sorry, don't have time to make this look professional) or use the body color.

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Because the previous version didn't look exactly like their other small SUVs.
 

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I thought that the first generation Leaf had taken ugly as far as possible. To my eye the original Leaf looked like a mash up of a duck's bill and a frog.
 

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Of course, I have the same complaint about the i3 - why did BMW make this EV so ugly. And to some extent, the same can be said for the Bolt. That black plastic trim piece behind the rear window is just weird. There are also some Lexus SUVs/CUVs also ruining their look with black and chrome plastics.
 

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I like your photoshop of it. Looks much better.

But compared to the Gen 1 Leaf, I think either one is a big improvement. I guess once the Prius established that a green car that is an ugly car = wildly popular, then everyone else had to do the same (with only a few exceptions).
 

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I have to wonder if this style is considered good looking in Japan. Both Toyota and Nissan tend to make ugly cars.
 

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I have to wonder if this style is considered good looking in Japan. Both Toyota and Nissan tend to make ugly cars.
And let's not forget the latest generation Prius, the Nissan Cube, and the Nissan Juke. As I've stated before, the Japanese are weird.
 

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Meh. It's not a work of art by any stretch, but I think it's way better looking than the Gen 1 Leaf. jcanoe is dead on with the "frog" comparison.
 

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And let's not forget the latest generation Prius, the Nissan Cube, and the Nissan Juke. As I've stated before, the Japanese are weird.
At least the Nissan Cube was truth in advertising.
 

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At least the Nissan Cube was truth in advertising.
I've always thought the Cube deserved to have a special Borg edition, with a wrap that made it look like a Borg cube. In the front windshield, it would have a "We are the Borg" sun shade, on the sides "You will be Assimilated into our Collective," and on the back "Resistance is Futile"

If I ever get fired from my job, the first thing I'll do is dip my CTS to look like the 2003 CTS race car, then dip my Volt dark purple, then find a Cube and do this.
 

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I like the Juke, had one before the Volt. It was quirky before it was cool to be quirky. Honestly, I think that style is to appeal to younger buyers. Juke had proven to be a huge international success, and sold reasonably well here. Next version will be different though, supposedly a hybrid of some kind, e-power I think. It looks like unveiling at Tokyo next month.

Leaf I don't really like, but it is an improvement over old model. Your Photoshop is a tad cleaner.
 

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I too have wondered why anyone would want a Toyota. I had a '05 Rav4 and loved it, but things started going south in 2006 and getting much worse.

I have concerns with the 2nd Gen Volt and would need to wrap the roof and trunk with black to match first gen if I were to upgrade.
 

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Once again falling way short of the concept version.
I thought the concept was fugly too. I miss the days when cars looked nice. The 1989 535i was gorgeous. The first and second gen Acura NSX are gorgeous.
 

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It's pretty rare for any concept to make it to a production vehicle untamed. The only All New car that i can recall being largely untouched from initial prototype to production was the 92 Dodge Viper. That was pretty radical for its time. I suppose one could put the Tesla models in that category too. In fact the Model X looks like a concept vehicle with the pedestal rear seat design. I had a chance to ride in one last year. I was totally blown away to see things in a production vehicle that you would expect to not get past the concept vehicle phase.
 

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I don't see the Leaf being in any great consumer demand with only a 150 mile range, when the Chevy Bolt offers 230 miles of pure electric range. Also the Leaf still looks like a Leaf, and Nissan designers must have used the same magic ugly stick that the Toyota engineers used to design the 2016 Prius.

In our case if we had a Bolt we can safely make a 190 mile round trip to Portland Oregon and back, the Leaf would leave us stranded without getting a charge somewhere.

In our case the Bolt wins and the Leaf not so much...
 

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I don't see the Leaf being in any great consumer demand with only a 150 mile range, when the Chevy Bolt offers 230 miles of pure electric range. Also the Leaf still looks like a Leaf, and Nissan designers must have used the same magic ugly stick that the Toyota engineers used to design the 2016 Prius.

In our case if we had a Bolt we can safely make a 190 mile round trip to Portland Oregon and back, the Leaf would leave us stranded without getting a charge somewhere.

In our case the Bolt wins and the Leaf not so much...
As I stated in another thread the 2017 Bolt beats the 2017 Leaf, the 2018 Leaf, and the 2019 Leaf. Why would anybody buy a Leaf? I know a leaf owner and he is in denial.
 
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