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Engineering/Design Stereotypes

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Klaus Schmoll's post had me thinking.

We all know there are telltale signs of where a car is from just by feel and mostly exterior design. Have you ever really wondered about that though? Is it conciously intentional during the design process? The car above is obviously Italian. We certainly know that, but most non car nuts would probably guess so, because it looks like beautiful longing woman in red lingerie lying on your bed.

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It just amazes me how you can look at something(more than just cars)and be like "oh, that's German."

Germany:

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Your cars tend to be kind of dull by design. They are over engineered to the point that they can be ruinously expensive to maintain when they eventually break, but will feel new until it does. Some of them are absolute tanks(w123 I'm looking at you). Are purchased as status symbols.

America:

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Foreigners I've talked to about it say they were surprised to find out not everybody drives cars like these here. But will still pretty much do, as last I heard the best selling vehicles are trucks. I think our stereotype is huge and simple(though simple is a charade now). "You need a new alternator, but unfortunately it's in the glovebox, but you can't access it from the glovebox so we'll need to pull the engine, oh and you're low on snake oil."

Japan:

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Cheap, reliable, great transportation and when they make a sports car it's the bee's knees.
Though you're getting Japan'd by Korea lately.

England:

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'nuff said. You had some awesome cars, and have a great drivers culture. But sadly your cars are not your own anymore.

I wonder really why these exist,and if it is a conscious effort. If Audi was like "were making a new 2 seat sports ca "and someone presented the 4c would they be like "what are those parts that aren't straight, and why is it red?" And how do some of these persist? Why when a car catches fire does someone say "must be a Ferrari." Clearly you've done something wrong but you continue on your way almost like it's excusable.

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Any thoughts on this kind of weird phenomena?

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