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Japanese Interwebs Make Fun of Lexus' Spindle Grille and its Designer - Carscoops



Leave it to the internet to put a humorous touch on a controversial subject such as Lexus' new signature spindle grille as seen on the new RC Coupe, which, while not as hotly debated as Chris Bangle's infamous BMW flame surfacing, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee's diplopia snout or Acura's "beak", it still doesn’t sit well with many couch design critics.
We discovered this manipulated photo circulating around a number of Japanese forums, which shows Yasuo Kajino, group manager in the Lexus Division Design Center, with a…pinched or as Lexus calls it, "spindle" style mouth-piece.

In an interview about the new ES sedan that was hosted on Lexus' own website and magazine, Kajino was asked what he thought were the most important exterior design changes in the new car, to which he had replied the following:

"One significant change is the adoption of the spindle grille, which was first used on the new GS. This enhances the emotional impact of the face, which is immediately identifiable as a Lexus and helps to strengthen the brand identity."
Do you think people are overreacting to Lexus' pinched grille or do you agree with them?







 

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I like the spindle grille. Most other cars have pretty standard grilles so I'm just glad that Lexus is doing something different. I'm glad that Lexus is ready to take design risks.
 

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Why is this news? Thats been a favorite meme on every Lexus article posted to Jalopnik in the last 2 years. Slow news day....
 

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People always say that they want aggressive looking cars, and I don't think that it gets much more aggressive than a car with a grille that looks like a predator mouth. Mission accomplished.
 

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Fortunately Lexus changes the spindle grille from vehicle to vehicle so when you get up to say the LS... it doesn't look as aggressive as on some models.
 
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