This little project is giving me a new appreciation for the Velite - the lines on the Velite are so simple, and yet it looks so good. I may have too many lines on this car. I think I’ll try a version without the, uh, rocker panel (?) line at the bottom of the door. As far as a new styling direction for Buick goes, IMO my version has a few advantages on the Velite. The Velite, with a different grill treatement and slightly harder edges, could easily be a Cadillac. Buick should go more curvaceous - and the brand should stay away from the uptight German feel Caddie’s going for in favor of the sensuality of Jaguar. Curves and round volumes. If I were working for Buick I’d have another go at it - this design doesn’t quite hit the spot. Maybe I can round off a few edges and make it happen.
traitor - Don’t be offended because I said I don’t think Europeans will know the Riv - AFAIK it was never exported to Europe. Only 100,000 were made, and most Americans don’t know it either.
The new Astons are somewhat similiar to the 95-99 Riv, and the Lexus SC 300/400, in the way the front fenders sweep in towards the grill. I’m not using Aston for inspiration. Ultimately there is a European influence - I think the 95-99 Riv is heavily inspired by the Jaguar XJ220. Others say it’s the XKE or XK8, but my design is only influenced by European cars insofar as the 95-99 model was.