Dear Car Makers: please stop using fake exhausts
Who believed they were a good idea?
Honesty: it's a simple method whereby you can grow and harvest a farm of trust between two or more people. Honestly earns you true friends, honesty gives you no excuses to act in a different way than you normally would. But most of all, honesty earns you one thing that money can't buy: respect.
Let me put it to you this way: there are two watches in a store you've walked into. One has a standard, normal crown that you pull out to adjust the displayed time. The other one costs similar money, yet the crown is a complete fraud. It's there for show and has no function whatsoever, other than to look like a crown.
Naturally, you'll be buying the watch with the functioning crown. No explanation is required in your choice because that's where your trust in the brand has been established. You don't want to buy into lies. You don't want to buy an object of potential embarrassment when someone asks to have a close look at your new timepiece.
So then, I pledge to car manufacturers around the globe: why? Why have fake exhaust tips become a thing in the industry? And more importantly, when is this going to stop?
Image: Audi Media Centre
At the moment, these fraudulent tips of shame are my biggest gripe in the modern car industry. I needn't explain myself because anyone with two cells of sense will ask the same question: why?
All they represent is posing, ego, and even embarrassment on a cold morning when onlookers realise that the fumes aren't coming from the flashy, chrome pipes. Who at manufacturers' design rooms draw them up and think "yeah, they'll be fine." But guess what? They're not fine!
Usually when doing an opinion piece, there's always a counter argument to suggest why the writer has missed out on a few points - or even got the whole thing wrong. But in the case of fake exhausts? I doubt there is even a millimetre gap to which a possible counter argument could squeeze through.
Image: Volkswagen Newsroom
As I mentioned in the beginning, honesty earns you friends and most importantly, respect in social circles. Car manufacturers have been doing similar things for decades towards their customers. Across the globe, you will find people who are religiously attached to a particular brand of car; they continuously buy their new models or have owned several throughout their lives. Like Fords and Chevys in the USA or Minis to Land Rovers here in the UK.
I'm not directing hate towards particular manufacturers; there are a lot of brands around the world that use fake exhausts these days. I'm only having a rant at the general trend because if more people notice and realise how tacky and pointless they are, just how much are they going to trust the rest of the car? How will they know what and what doesn't serve a true purpose?
It's like the watch analogy: you wouldn't dare buy a timepiece made by Rolex, Richard Mile, Omega etc. without a functional crown. So, why would you throw your no-nonsense, hard-earned money at a car with features that are the equivalent to a strap-on? Not only is it blatantly fake, but it's plain sad.
Car manufacturers need to go back to being honest again.
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