As I was driving today, I was thinking of how Europeans have to adjust to our car-centric society when they come here. I thought of how European society has not been built around individual car ownership in large part because Europeans aren't as rich as Americans (especially 30-40 years ago). This made me realize just how much of what we consider "sleek, sophisticated European styling" is really just compensation for comparative poverty. Minimalist design is necessary when you can't afford enough material to do the job the standard way.
Yet we lionize European styling. It seems to me like the original Derelicte campaign.