A group of young designers responsible for styling the Pontiac Aztek was introduced at a 2000 press preview for that cross/utility vehicle. They were asked, in effect, to take a bow. Lauding the out-there look of the Aztek, their design mentor said things can happen when you turn youthful eager beavers loose on a project. Looking at the vehicle’s odd lines – especially that goofy rear end – I took what he said as a warning. Of course, it turned out I wasn’t the only one who ...

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