Dictionary.com defines “grille” as “an opening, usually covered by grillwork, for admitting air to cool the engine of an automobile or the like.” For as long as I could tell, the grille has been a trademark for automobile manufacturers; it has made their brand and cars instantly recognizable within the sea of mass-produced cars. Take, for example, Mercedes-Benz. Although they have a new “sport” grille that has quickly been implemented throughout its lineup, they still keep their iconic “classic” grille. This “classic” grille has, as far as I can tell, been installed in some variation or another in their cars from at least as far back as the 1950s. Now, even as they explore a newer and more “sporty” grille design, Mercedes-Benz still falls back on that classic grille that so many of us have come to equate with “luxury” and “high-class,” not to mention “pricy”!
So when Lexus came out with their so-called “spindle” grille, why was it that I felt I had seen it before? Oh, that’s right! Infiniti/Nissan introduced it first! The grille can be seen on Infiniti’s 2009 Essence concept vehicle. When examined closely, the grille of this concept vehicle seems oh-so-similar to Lexus’s GS concept revealed last year, scheduled for the 2013 model year. Any competent human can see that in both examples, the grille looks as if it were cinched across its “waist,” with the topside being curving out less so than the bottom.
Further, Nissan introduced the Ellure concept in 2010. For those who can’t do the math, that is before Lexus came out with their “new” concept. On the Ellure, the grille was shaped in an Essence-esque sort of way, the only difference being that Ellure’s grille looks as if it were flipped over so that its bottom is on top and its top is on bottom.
Just today, Nissan announced that it would launch a brand-new, redesigned Altima this year. In released pictures, the Altima clearly shows a grille very similar to that of the Essence, but more so to the Ellure. Then why is it that when I read the comments box the comments are filled with comments such as “Looks too much like a newer Lexus [...]” and “I wonder if they ask[ed] Lexus if they could use their grille………..somebody’s going to get slapped” and “I wonder if Nissan planned to have the Altima carry a Lexus grill…”????? Nissan/Infiniti clearly had this idea before anyone at Lexus did, so what I don’t understand why anyone is complaining about Nissan “ripping off” Lexus’s so-called “spindle grille.” (For those who don’t know, Nissan is the parent brand of Infiniti.) The stupid people of the planet either need to check their facts or just shut up completely.
P.S. What’s even more interesting is that when I go back and look at the article, I see on top that the article was “sponsored by Lexus.” Oh, the irony.
P.P.S. I have included the link of the article for your convenience. I’m sure you are just as interested as I am. ;)