yeah, but neither have most M-B designs made after the early 1960s. Actually, when you look at some of thre basic designs, the w115/116/123/126 mercedes, the 2002, E30, E32, E36 BMW, etc., what you start to find is that the Japanese designs (style and mechanical) often copied the euro designs. Toyota is a ripoff of MB, Datsun a ripoff of BMW. Honda is an engine maker that slaps bodies onto their cars, and surely is a surrogate ofthese other makes from a long duration of time.
Is there anything wrong with that??? Id say not, but let's not claim that they are doing something unique, they are merely freshening the timeless designs of the euro cars from years ago.
Where the divergence is, is that there really is little to nothing new under the sun, and so why the Japanese makers are freshening take-offs of beautiful designs from long ago, the Euro makers are trying to create something new.
Which is right? that is for your senses, not CR, not the neighbors, not a commercial to say. For me, I think the new accord looks better than the new A4, but that is just me...