AUTOLOOKS 2022 YEAR END REVIEW
The start of 2022 was very similar to that of 2021. Lockdowns, masking and a governments hand interfering with how we live our daily life. But of course this was all in the way of safety for all of us. So, why is it that little changed in the way of our global markets and when everyone went back to work?
AutoLooks has no real take on global concerns for governments around the world, but we do know that this lack of change and adjustment to this evolving world, has led to one of the worst design years in automotive history this century. Sure, the beginning of this century was no catwalk of amazing designs, but we did have a better grasp on where we wanted to go and how we wanted to change.
2022 kind of stomped on this theory, as we all went back to work with a lack of great ideas for the future. Sure, we still had some innovative ideas from the technology world, but the automotive world as a whole, had no real innovation when it came to designs.
Technology can only go so far before designers take over to make the final product look appealing to the customer. This was not seen in 2022, as both the top and bottom end of our design spectrum were hampered with expansion and retraction in the wrong way. Our design language for the 2020's is similar to that of what we saw appear in the 2010's and even as far back as the turn of the century.
Sure, we do have a few new power sources on there way and one which has already taken hold. But with no real direction for society after a two (2) year hiatus, our world has come to a crashing halt. And, it's not just AutoLooks who is taking notice.
Just like many other times in our history when a major pandemic took over the world for a brief amount of time, we seem to be stuck in a rut of digging ourselves out of this hole we fell into. Today we need to work a bit harder at digging, as the world around us is changing at a faster pace than it was before we all stopped.
With governments around the world pushing for a better future of our planet, we are in a time of major change and without a properly trained workforce with a hard work ethic, it seems we are all paying the price for this expansion. Many of us had to work extra hard over the past two (2) years to ensure the world still ran on time and now it seems that no one wants to help pick up the slack.
This is nowhere more apparent than in the automotive world, as new companies are pushing a new wave of mining, manufacturing and personnel resources through the global economy. And with this wave, comes a need to change quickly and adapt to what is coming down this pipeline.
Unfortunately this is where we have hit an impasse, as many of this new companies are having issues getting off the ground running. Most are limping, due to a lack of proper resources. Resources like, chips, materials, raw minerals and even the human presence. And for that lack, we have a year which will go down as one of the worst dressed in history.
Hopefully for all of us, this will change in 2023, as the global market rebounds and takes notice at the fact that the world is changing and we now need people more than ever. Requesting ten (10) years of experience for a job which could be apprenticed in a year, will be the difference between failure and success. Relying on a vast background in schooling will soon have to make way for real life experience if we wish to move into the future of tomorrow.
People are not only the key to success, but a key to our future success. And without people with a background of experience, we are doomed to run the bland course we are on now. Want proof! Just take a look at the last time we put knowledge ahead of experience and see where our design language went. 2012 was the last time we did this and look what happened when we took a look at more background experience for 2013. We got better looking products.
Visionaries are the ones who can think freely. Not the ones who abide by the rules of which a book lays out in front of them. AutoLooks knows this, as we are allowed to think freely to see how all avenues of the world work together, not just how one person perceives that world to be.
In the end, AutoLooks looks towards the future with a clear mind, as this bump in the design road is just a minor pothole on our drive to a better future. And we look forward to seeing all of you follow along with us as we take a look at that future, through the windshields of the best dressed at the ball.
Thank you for a wonderful 2022, as we look forward to a better 2023.
2021 Year End Review
A+ Vehicles for 2023: 5/621 (0.81%)
Rusty Vehicles for 2023: 62/621 (9.98%)
CopyCat Vehicles for 2023: 14/621 (2.25%)
Companies Rated: 176
Average Score: 54.28% (C)
Most new vehicles
Division: Toyota with 37 (5.96%) new or updated models
Corporate: Toyota Motor Co. with 52 (8.37%) new or updated models
Best Corporate Rating: Volkswagen Auto Group - 57.47%
A+ Segment: High Performance - 65.84%
Rusty Segment: Hatchback - 46.15%
Volkswagen Auto Group: 38 new models - 57.47%
- VW A.G. has two (2) of the five (5) A+ winners
SAIC Motor Corporation: 16 new models - 56.93%
Chery Automobile Company: 15 new models - 52.81%
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance: 34 new models - 56.18%
Daimler-Benz Auto Group: 26 new models - 55.55%
GAC Group: 8 new models - 55.46%
Hyundai Motor Group: 31 new models - 54.87%
BMW Motor Group: 33 new models - 54.81%
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company: 25 new models - 54.81%
Ford Motor Company: 31 new models - 54.45%
Stellantis Group: 42 new models - 54.18%
- Stellantis Group has six (6) Rusty Awards from four (4) of their divisions.
General Motors Corporation: 42 new models - 53.66%
FAW Group: 7 new models - 53.59%
Toyota Motor Corporation: 53 new models - 53.17%
- Toyota Motor Co. has five (5) of the sixty-two (62) Rusty Awards. All belong to their Daihatsu division
Tata Motors: 11 new models - 52.88%
Mahindra & Mahindra: 6 new models - 52.75%
Honda Motor Company: 28 new models - 52.34%
Dongfeng Motor Corporation: 14 new models - 52.28%
Great Wall Motor Company: 11 new models - 51.08%
Beijing Automotive Group Company: 5 new models - 49.53%
Changan Automobile Group: Company 9 new models - 48.21%
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