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Lately I’ve noticed a trend wherein car manufacturers refuse to do away with the leading edge shut lines of their hoods. In the past few years sweeping body lines have become very popular and the horizontal hood line in many cases all but ruins the design. Why does the Mazda 3 have 6" of body between the grille and the hood? Why not move the end of the hood to meet the top of the grille?

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The Honda Accord is the car that started my brain to thinkin’ and has got to be the worst offender.

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Is it the difficulty with alignment? I’d argue Mercedes has probably spent their fair share of time aligning hoods so the mini power bulges line up and in some cases, from some angles, the end result is still less than perfect.

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Is it cost? Manufacturers would need to extend the lever used to release the hood 6 inches forward. I fail to see this being a huge cost. There would also be marginally more steel or aluminum in the design.

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Yaris, really?

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The Honda Fit manages.

The list of offenders is a very long one:

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Is it to do with pedestrian safety? DB11 doesn’t care.

There are options.

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Letters are being written.

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