I gotta jump in here:
First , Imagine the sound of a drag race between 2 electric cars…literally crickets.
Sorry, my testosterone won’t even wake up for that. BUT, the Electric car is not the biggest threat. These car companies have “paired up” like a Sadie Hawkins dance and have pooled billions together to Seal the deal on the Autonomous Cars. They are Hell-bent on producing it whether people want it or not. I contribute to one blog that has many articles about what is going on with "Ghost Driver " cars, and always conclude with, “Dumbest idea of the 21 Century”, D.B.A.
Dead Before Arrival. This is so dumb on so many levels., but I digress.
I said about 13 years ago the Big -3 would be only producing large pickups, large SUV’s. They are almost there. Their arrogance and determination to put out Crap Cars in the late 70’s and 80’s left the gate open for the Imports. (I’m a boomer) My kids picked those cars over classic cars, when they started driving. 20-25 years later, they drive a Tesla, Mercedes, Subaru, Mercedes, and Lexus.
NO Loyalty to American Brands, and so the evaporation of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Mercury only led the way for Buick, Ford cars, Dodge, and the Luxury cars Caddy and Lincoln are on the line as well. Chevrolet may be the last hold-out, but all their little Cookie Cutter cars to compete with Asia, haven’t a chance.
Most car buyers are shopping with a smart phone in hand. Boring Silver cars with a gray interior and some sort of sun visor over the back window with one body seam running through the door handles for that look of style. (Toyota has to have THE Ugliest cars on the road) Their Draw to purchase?
The payment, and is everything under warranty forever,( because they can’t find the hood release, much less know anything about maintenance or how the car functions)
and the all important 0-60 stats…er I mean can I connect to Facebook on my dashboard?? sad times.
What about this idea?
What if one of the Big-3 reproduced a “Classic” retro-version of a 60’s AMC American, a Dodge Dart, Ford Falcon, Chevy II, or similar size car and simplified it ; meaning a powerplant that gets emissions and mileage, but no computer, a wiring harness ,
a simple, functional, stylish dashboard. Basic transportation that still could be worked on. Those were good cars, I think if one of them pulled it off, they would sell. But what do I know, I’m an old gear head.
Won’t matter anyway, the computer will drive you there soon, so you can look at someone’s burrito they pasted on facebook for lunch .