— REVIEWS PART I —
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October 23rd, 2016.
Kadett CEO Cheo Ji-seok arrives early at his office and aaaaa nobody cares here are the reviews.
Choe Ji-seok: Looks to be a conventional van that is slightly pushing itself upmarket with LED lights and subtle chrome elements. It works.
Overall design: It’s definitely functional and the ideas present are good, however some elements could have been executed in a better way. The headlights are a good example, as placing them outward, more towards the sides of the van, would help the front end look more modern and generally nicer. The rear side window indents are a neat idea.
Heritage: This entry from Aria Design strays away from the usual Kadett styling theme while remaining in the basic idea of a black, faux upper grille and the actual grille placed below. Sadly, in the way it has been presented, the front end looks a little more outdated than it should. The angular vents follow the usual formula well.
Consistency: The front is run by horizontal lines and that theme continues nicely to the rear. The rear licence plate indent could have been designed using a more angular theme and the rear foglights could be considered too square.
Utility: It has a good amount of plastic for a panel van. Front headlights might be excessively overrun by LEDs however, but it’s nothing too important.
Period correctness: It looks plenty modern, thanks to LED headlights and slight splashes of chrome. Again however, spacing the headlights further apart would help with making it appear even more modern.
General detailing: It’s a shame the rear door railings weren’t mirrored and that the fuel filler flap would get blocked by the rear door if it were open. The sides would look cleaner and as a result, bettee, with the quick removal of the hood scoop used to style the rear bumper.
Choe Ji-seok: This one from Kaishen, frankly, doesn’t seem to find itself a footing. Perhaps a little rushed?
Overall design: It’s… decent. It isn’t trying to be anything that it isn’t and as such, it is just a van. That should generally be a good thing but in this instance, it feels a little underwhelming. Some additional experimentations would have been greatly appreciated. The front sidevents stand out in an unusual way.
Heritage: Just like the Aria submission, the Kaishen entry changes the original formula in a slight but definitely noticeably way - here, there are additional vents above the faux upper grille. Rear lights play around with different materials but this isn’t as noticeable as it perhaps should be.
Consistency: Very round front, very square rear: this van does not excel when it comes to consistency. There is also an abundance of ‘red’ at the rear, the removal of at least one of the lower red lights would easily fix that problem. The front licence plate is unusually high up.
Utility: The uses of chrome on the front grille and rear handle are odd and there seems to be a bit of a lock of plastic, but overall, the van seems fairly utilitarian and ready for the job. The use of a less shiny black colour for the sides and rear would help.
Period correctness: The front lights are nice and use LEDs tastefully. Playing around with more angular shapes for the inner lights could improve with making the front look more 2020. The hubcaps used are, no doubt, outdated and need updating.
General detailing: From both front to rear, the KADETT badging could have been spaced better, at least there was a nice attempt to create the Kadett badge in the rear. Bigger door handles would have been preferred.
Choe Ji-seok: There seems to be a good flow here overall while some parts do seem messy. It’s not bad.
Overall design: The general design has been adapted well to fit on a van, even if the front end seems to be too low down. Hood scoops have again been used and again, the design would benefit with the removal of them. The rear has been spaced well with the exception of the badging.
Heritage: It looks like a happier version of the Avatrek, so there’s no doubt it would fit in the Kadett lineup. Rear lights are perhaps a little reminiscent of the 2020 Beat while the front bumper has been very obviously inspired by the same car.
Consistency: Generally, the front and rear flow together well. One of the things that could be improved are the lower rear lights, which should be less boxy to fit with the upper lights.
Utility: There is plenty of plastic on this and could very well be the submission with the most amount of it. The small-seeming wheels also help with that, but the metallic front grille looks good and doesn’t overdo it. Door-handles would have to be increased in size however.
Period correctness: Thanks to the large front lights and relatively flat-looking rear lights, the Atera submission does not look as modern as it should. Having less of the bumper be plastic would also help, but the hubcaps are good.
General detailing: The door handles are different shades of plastic.
– @Maxbombe Spander Design –
Choe Ji-seok: Now this looks big and mean, I like it!
Overall design: Obviously inspired by the Beat, the entry from Spander Design looks intimidating and rather sporty for a van. Its stance stands out as the biggest van here and to make up for the resulting flat and empty sides, a thick indent line runs across the sides. It’s well intentioned, but ends up being a little too messy. Due to the rear licence plate indent being low down, the rear looks droopy.
Heritage: It looks like a fat Beat, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Grilles dominate the front bumper and the material choices for lighting match the brand well. Badging has been well done and does not look out of place.
Consistency: The front is characterized by sharp, daring angles and that does create a contrast with the rear, which is blocky and, in case of the licence plate indent and handle, round. Nothing feels mismatched however.
Utility: They’re good for looking sporty but the front grilles don’t help with it looking like a proper utility vehicle. Use of materials from front to rear is good but perhaps lacking in the amount of plastic.
Period correctness: The sharp angles of the front from earlier lend to it looking very modern but sadly, the rear can’t quite catch up. The amber indicators up front do also age the front some, but it does nothing notable.
General detailing: The window shaping, if a little messy, has been executed well and the same can be said about the side indent. What isn’t really messy is the side railing, which is excellent, and the front grilles, though the windshield wipers would benefit from being bigger.
Choe Ji-seok: Daring is what I’d call this, and in that regard it’s perfect. Might be exactly what we’re looking for.
Overall design: When it comes to the van from Project Valentine, the absolutely gorgeous headlights and brilliant taillights immediately stand out as above the rest and there is no way in hell they’re not gonna make it to the final product. The rest of the van continues with the theme of the lights and frankly, in some places, the design suffers from overproduction such as the front bumper. It looks cool but could be toned down and the same goes for the LED strips in the upper grille. They stand out, look cool and weirdly fit in, but might be too much for a panel van.
Heritage: There’s no doubt that this follows the modern Kadett design philosophy and, as is seemingly usual, takes clear influence from the 2020 Beat. Rear lights in particular fall under this, but they do not look close to looking as if they were lifted off the Beat. The KADET2 badging in front is interesting.
Consistency: The shapes of the lights definitely fit together and the angular grille matches the boxy licence plate indent at the rear fairly well, however the indents do stand out as perhaps too boxy, something more matching to the front grille would have been appreciated.
Utility: sportiness and LED lights overdo it For utility, this submission obviously overdoes it with the LEDs and sporty elements. There is a good amount of plastic here and the door handles look fairly utilitarian, but that can’t save it from the sharp and sleek elements of sportiness included here.
Period correctness: 2020? Very much so for the front end but the rear, as mentioned earlier, includes too many major square elements.
General detailing: Cool little features are noticeable here such as the excellent rear fog lights. The fuel flipper flap is placed poorly next to the rear lights and should be bigger.
– @Arn38fr Decarlis Design –
Choe Ji-seok: Decarlis have managed a simple and functional design very well, I’m surprised at how well it works.
Overall design: This front end is edgy and every element fits together excellently with a special note going to the excellent headlights. Materials have been used thoughtfully and while there might be some spacing issues at the rear, it’s a very tasteful design that could pass off as a real van.
Heritage: It looks like a Kadett. To be more specific, it looks like a custom take on the basic Kadett design language, which is exactly what every other current Kadett is designed around. The rear light material choice is very appropriate.
Consistency: Compared to the edgy front, the rear does stand out as a little too round. However, this is nothing serious and the van still looks well composed and proportioned, front to rear.
Utility: Definitely. This looks like a proper, modern panel van that is reserved with its use of LEDs, sporty elements and bright colours. The door handles fit the criteria well.
Period correctness: There are LEDs, there are sharp design features so it should excel, but the rather round rear still brings the whole van down.
General detailing: The KADETT badging in the front is small and hard to see at a distance, but the badging overall has been utilized well. There are neat elements that help bring the whole package together.
Choe Ji-seok: Another Beat inspired van, I see. Propeller seemed to go beyond just slapping the Beat design on a chunky van however, this one helps its sporty look by actually being more compact.
Overall design: This is very Beat like, but still includes original elements that help it differentiate itself from the former… sort of. The upper grille is a genuine grille and not a black slab of gloss and the taillights, while reminiscent of the Beat, seem more futuristic and angular. Stealing some of the sportiness factor are the weirdly small wheels.
Heritage: It’s pretty much a given that looking like an existing model would make it fit in with the rest of the lineup and obviously that’s the case right here. The taillights continue the current Kadett trend of a monolight at the rear and it helps this submission look unique among other entries. Plastic running along the lower end of the car is also Kadett-like and fits in nicely.
Consistency: Aggressive shapes appear from front to rear and the entire van looks well composed.
Utility: From the cool front hood bumps to the sporty wheels, this entry is most likely the sportiest of all entries and as expected, that doesn’t fare well for the utility aspect. Rear lights could be considered too futuristic for a utility van but the side bumpers sort of balance it out, even if they look outdated.
Period correctness: Both the front and rear lights, as mentioned earlier, not only look good overall but are modern and perhaps even futuristic. The futuristic part also applies to the rear lettering but not the overall body shape, which is round and appears a little old.
General detailing: Like the entry from Spander, the side indent is nice but looks a little messy and could have been integrated in a better way. The front grille would have benefited from being filled with some elements but overall, it’s a nicely furnished van.
If you spot a mistake, you have the permission to publicly shame me, but at least notify me about it and I’ll fix it. Part II coming some time within this decade.