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I'm curious:

What developmental direction would you like to see the world automakers go in if it were up to you.

Would you like companies to concentrate on technological advances on what cars run on? For an example: more developments like ethanol and hybrids.

Would you like more choices in design. More models to choose from?

Would you like to see a return to the early 90s when the car you drove had 4 wheels and stereo to get you where you want to go economically. For an example: less unnessesary equipment like power windows and tvs in the headrest, gps for lost people, and other fancy shiny stuff.

Or would you like to buy your car like dell sells computers:

More choices....
Exactly what you want.
skip the middleman (dealer)

If you want a new stripped model, you can buy one for let's say $7000.00
If you want a fancy car with all the accessoryies you think are nessessary you can get it very simply.
 

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id like the possibility of getting cars as custom items starting with the bare necessities.. im sure i dont need most of the stuff they put in the cars. i dont even know what bluetooth is for. developmental, the automakers should try for a new push into new technologies to increase efficiency .. not just fuel but work efficiency, so there wont be a need to lay off people due to surplus in the lots. design wise, where are all the wagons?! i feel that in order to get a wagon, you have to go to german automakers and theres a lack of competition. a overgrown civic shouldnt almost have the capacity of an accord. it just doesnt work that way.
 

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A hybrid that can be plugged into a wall socket to recharge. Better MPG using gasoline without ethanol or other crazy fuels. More choice in a diesel powered cars at lower prices.

A station wagon would be nice, something like the old Camry wagon with 4-wheel disk brakes, moon roof, diesel engine or hybrid. GPS is nice, but found a compass works OK also. The minivans barely fit into the garage.

A federally mandated device that would blow the car up if people were talking on their cell phones and drinking their latté and eating their lunch and combing their hair while attempting to drive. Or after running 10 or more red stoplights, which ever came first.

Doubt if the manufactures will get rid of dealers. Dell did this but it seems to have worn thin. I recently saw a kiosk at a mall selling Dells. There would also be warranty repair issues, and what would happen to car sells if there were no longer the dealer high-pressure sales rooms. Plus financing and delivery issues, manufacturers profit on selling parts through dealers.

Didn’t Wal-Mart look into selling cars? You would have to buy directly from the manufacturer to prevent a Wal-Mart type chain store from gaining too much power over the vendor. Then squeezing out all the manufacturers profit margins and passing the savings onto the chain stores owners.
 

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Three words: lighter, faster, cheaper.

More RWD small cars would be nice too.

I'd also love to see option "packages" go the way of the dodo bird. If I want leather without the sunroof, ABS, GPS, traction control, and six airbags, let me have it!

This is about as likely to happen as me growing another tongue would be, unfortunately. All of the above reduces profitability, if you believe how the manufacturers whine.

- J
 

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▲ :lol: I never noticed that before!


Three words: lighter, faster, cheaper.

More RWD small cars would be nice too.
I think it would be nice too, except it's a sort of contradiction in terms. RWD means more weight from a driveshaft, support bearing, rear axle assembly, etc.
 

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--How about a move away from retro styling? This is for the domestic brands mainly. With Mustang selling well and the new Camaro and Challenger coming soon this is unlikely. But the trend has to stop sometime.

--Bring a diesel hybrid to the market. Diesel is already widely availble so there isn't any infrastructure issues. Citroen, VW and GM are working on diesel hybrid models that could be out by 2010. The VW prototype achieved 118 MPG in tests. Way back in the 70s and 80s the diesel Rabbit got 60 MPG or more.

--I think the $7000 car went out with the Geo Metro. Until China gets here. :ugh3:
 

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I think it would be nice too, except it's a sort of contradiction in terms. RWD means more weight from a driveshaft, support bearing, rear axle assembly, etc.
Not really, cars like the AE86 or early Miata barely tipped one tonne. Back in the '70s you could get stripper British or Japanese cars with RWD that were even down to like 1700 lbs - granted they were tin cans and were UTTERLY spartan in that spec. But it's not impossible. Or you can always put the engine in the back.

The health and safety nazis need to back off and let mfgrs build small cars again without 400lbs of airbags and computer controls.

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"Would you like to see a return to the early 90s when the car you drove had 4 wheels and stereo to get you where you want to go economically. For an example: less unnessesary equipment like power windows and tvs in the headrest, gps for lost people, and other fancy shiny stuff."

HELL YES. No question about it I would want it to be that way. Lets add more RWD vechiles to the equation. Finnally I would love to see more North American folk excluding Mexico, driving manual cars. Everywhere else in the world they drive manuals, I bet if they ever saw a automatic they would be like WTF...So yeah ever car should have the manual transmision as an option. Lastly performance should be on the high for cars. Me being a speed/boost addict I want to see cars making more power or at least have some aftermarket support (cough)toyota(cough). More turbo cars? Gotta remember the days in the 90s when they had the twin-turbo revolution :lol:. Oh and not to forget more DIYable cars. Cars these days have way too many computers that moderate every little thing in the car. Do a oil change on one of these new cars the check engine light comes on. Go figure. To go along with the computer idea get rid of traction control, stabilty control and ABS...
 

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▲I agree. But the only reason the new vehicles have all that crap is because there are so many pathetically bad (and incompetent) drivers on the road.
I certainly don't want to drive anywhere near some old guy with a hat and his twin turbo 300hp RWD Whatchmacallit.
 
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