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From this weeks autoweek review of the new eclipse

The outgoing Eclipse, with its too-serious “geo-mechanical” styling, aged poorly right out of the blocks. It made an impact at first, sure, but its straked-flank design quickly became less “space age” in its message and more “bad Pontiac.” And when pitted against its predecessor—arguably one of the most handsome sports coupes produced—the car just felt so much fatter and uninspired. That was six years ago.
 

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djdub said:
Is that article about the new 2006 Eclipse? That car is gorgeous.
Um...

The outgoing Eclipse, with its too-serious “geo-mechanical” styling, aged poorly right out of the blocks. It made an impact at first, sure, but its straked-flank design quickly became less “space age” in its message and more “bad Pontiac.”
Ahem.

Indeed.
 

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djdub said:
Is that article about the new 2006 Eclipse? That car is gorgeous.
I kind of liked the Eclipse from the mid-90's. Then they replaced it with the current car -- which is really, really ugly. Nice to see them try to get back to the older car -- but the chrome spoiler and tail lights are kind of gross in my book.

It's funny -- but auto makers have a way of taking a perfectly good car and completely screwing it up. The Eclipse in one example. Ford has done it to a bunch of their cars. The Mustang and T-bird for starters.
 
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