This Saturday (January 21st) is National Hugging Day – the one day of the year where we should remember to hug family and friends more often. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t love a good hug?
But because cars are life, this prompted much debate within the Motor-Vision office: which cars would we want to hug? Which cars deserve a hug? And why?
Here’s what we came up with…
Why?: Everyone picks on it.
Oh, the poor old Pontiac Aztek. Rarely a day goes by without someone somewhere taking a cheap shot at its unfortunate appearance. TV’s Breaking Bad lent the car a fresh dose of appreciation – even if much of it was ironic – and the Aztek continues to be the butt of many jokes.
The Telegraph named it as the ugliest car ever and even we’re guilty of slinging mud at the mid-size crossover after featuring it in our creepiest cars ever article in October 2016.
We’re sorry, Pontiac Aztek. Come here, you need a hug…
Why: Amazing handling and affordable top-down thrills
Mazda’s iconic roadster is in its fourth generation right now and it’s got better with each iteration.
It has been about long enough now that there’s an MX-5 to suit every budget. That means everyone can enjoy its phenomenal handling and seize the opportunity to get the roof down whenever the sun peeps its head out.
Oh MX-5, you make Lincoln feel like LA. Let’s hug!
Why: We still have a soft spot for the revolutionary hypercar
The Veyron’s time in the spotlight may be over now that everyone’s focus has shifted to its successor – the Chiron – but we still have a lot of time for Top Gear’s car of the decade.
Powered by an eight-litre quad-turbocharged W16 cylinder engine with 1,001bhp, the Veyron had a maximum speed of 253mph in its standard form, but the 1,184bhp Super Sport version became the fastest road-legal production car in the world when it topped out at 268mph.
We haven’t even mentioned how awesome it looks yet either. Sure, the Chiron outdoes it in terms of jawdropping design but the Veyron at the time was something else.
This very sad-looking car
Why: Because it looks very sad
Why: It’s a hypercar with a heart of gold
Ferrari’s hybrid hypercar gets lots of praise on Motor-Vision, most recently when it appeared in our ‘most anticipated cars of 2017’ feature, regarding the open-top Aperta model.
The LaFerrari’s 949bhp V12 6.3-litre powertrain gets it up to 62mph in less than three seconds, which is enough to want us to give it a heartfelt squeeze.
However, with all 499 fixed-roof LaFerraris already snapped-up, Ferrari built one more to whip up funds for the reconstruction of Central Italy. October 2016 saw the largest earthquake seen in Italy for 36 years, claiming three lives, injuring dozens and taking out thousands of homes.
However, the one-of-a-kind LaFerarri raised $7 million (£5.7 million) for the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
As a result, the car can expect plenty of hugs from the thousands of Italians it has helped rehome.
Which car will you be hugging this National Hugging Day? Tell us in comments below.
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