Toyota recently launched the new fourth generation Prius.
The company states the following about the exterior design:
I'm not sure how the design of the new Prius is inspired by "a runner in the starting blocks." Thinking about an athlete about to run a race conveys feelings of preparedness, focus and an ambition to win. None of these qualities are evident in the exterior design.
Haphazard may be a better word to describe the Prius. The front of the car, with its excessively angular headlamps and unnecessary creases in the bodywork, falls into the trap of equating an aggressive design with sportiness.
This aggressiveness isn't consistent with the remainder of the design either, with the slab sides and small wheels failing to continue the striking nature of the front design.
It is interesting to note that the designers of the Prius have blacked out the rear C-pillars of the car. Usually, this is done in conjunction with the A-pillar to give the impression of a "floating roof." Not doing so with the Prius further reduces the overall cohesiveness of its design.