Was going through some pictures from a car show, I'd taken two shots of the same car at different distances to the subject and different focal lengths. First, 24mm on an APS-C sensor: Then stepping back and zooming-in to 42mm with the same APS-C sensor: I can see each having their purpose, but the 42mm shot is certainly the more realistic image, while the former almost blows-out the scale to make the car look cartoonish, a caricature of itself. It doesn't hurt that this particular car has swooping curves in the fenders and quarters, both up and out, and that it has scant few truly straight lines, so the exaggeration effect of the 24mm shot is able to accentuate existing bulging. I've also noticed that better automotive magazines tend to feature more of the latter kind of image, if not even longer telephoto, simply to avoid having weird proportions. If they use such wide shots so close it's in a teaser on the cover or in the table of contents to attract the reader to the article, while the article itself features longer zooms, often much longer than this. Sometimes drag-racing or other action-shots might feature such exaggeration for effect though, possibly to imply power.