Honda has taken their CR-Z sporty-ish(?)/hybrid coupé and given it a mild facelift, with the hopes of taking it from selling like hotcakes that have been urinated on by a dog to selling like hotcakes that have hardly any urine on them at all. And, from what we can tell, the design inspiration came from a Nintendo game.

Very little about the car has actually changed save for some trim levels and minor equipment changes, but the most noticable change is in the new front bumper/grille/fascia design, which seems to be modeled after Birdo, one of the bosses in the 1988 Nintendo game, Super Mario Bros 2.

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“The new drooping snout, confused eyes, and gaping, possibly egg-ejecting mouth-hole/cloaca are all design elements inspired by the great creature, Birdo,” says Honda Hybrid Division Chief Stylist Nobu Notaktualman.

“We felt saavy sporty-hybrid consumers wanted to be reminded of the pink, gender-fluid thing that sort of looked like a Q*Bert fucked a parrot,” Notaktualman continued, taking a long swig out of a bottle of Woolite.

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“I mean, who gives a shit, right? Nothing matters.” Notaktualman then began to laugh, and, based on the sound of a sharp bang and footsteps, dropped the phone and walked off.

Great work, Honda!

(Thanks to Patrick, who first noticed the similarity!)


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