At this year's Detroit Auto Show, we walked in the doors optimistic and with high hopes for all the auto companies.
We knew what to expect from the usual suspects but we were excited to see that Acura would be showing us a vision of their BEST vehicle, the MDX sport utility.
We try to think positive and although there are many people that think we are Acura HATERS, they would be wrong.
I have always loved the original Legend (especially the Coupe), owned the last generation TL and even our Agent 00J is a current owner of the MDX.
That said though, we weren't OVERLY optimistic that they would hit a home run with the MDX concept and BOY were we right.
It was in my opinion the most ho-hum and disappointing unveils in Detroit.
In fact, almost EVERY writer who was there was walking away shaking their heads wondering WTF and had a hard time seeing ANY changes from the current ride in dealers now.
You won't hear them telling you that though because almost ALL are in the tank for these manufacturers.
They BELIEVE one thing and write something TOTALLY different. SAD.
Their motto- #we'llsayanythingcauseweneedtheaddollars
Remember these are the same writers who said the RL was excellent when they attended the launch.
Go TRY to find a lukewarm review of the car after the press launch.
You won't find it.
So back to the TRUTH about the MDX prototype.
We are mystified why Acura keeps trying to play defense while their brand and cachet in the luxury segment has been declining year after year.
And nothing says 'we don't get it' better than the addition to their product line of the infamous BEAK.
They have made a lot of mistakes since the days of the Legend...like actually getting rid of the best car in their line named the 'Legend'.
But the BEAK is the bonehead move of bonehead moves.
People instantaneously hate it and mock the crap out of Acura yet they keep letting it live.
Trust us, before you have ANY chance of moving forward and regaining respect, the BEAK MUST GO!
And as car lovers and people who WANT to help Acura make a comeback WE have the solution.
We HOPE they listen.
Across the aisle from the Acura fiasco, Honda was showing a cool little ute called the Urban Concept.
And as I looked at it the first thing I thought was WHY isn't that face and that rear on the MDX?
It actually looked pretty cool and it would be a great way to put the BEAK to death once and for all and show the world they are taking some forward steps.
Before they become TOTALLY irrelevant.
So we took the liberty of photoshopping the Acura logo on the Urban Concept face and it WORKS!
Take a look at both faces and tell us should THAT be the face of the next MDX or did the one they showed in Detroit do it for you?
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