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    Can't be arsed with quoting everyone so...

    - Squared-off steering wheels: No, thank you. Fitting it to your stupid Audi A3 diesel automatic is not going to improve it.
    - Paddles: If you've bought an auto you clearly have no interest in driving whatsoever and changing gear is therefore redundant. So paddles are redundant too.
    - Buttons: Some on the steering may be useful like volume/seek track or radio station as well as those from the cruise control. But they are not mandatory for me. Profusion of buttins on the dashboard is not only annoying but dangerous too. And gets on my nerves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    Can't be arsed with quoting everyone so...

    - Squared-off steering wheels: No, thank you. Fitting it to your stupid Audi A3 diesel automatic is not going to improve it.
    - Paddles: If you've bought an auto you clearly have no interest in driving whatsoever and changing gear is therefore redundant. So paddles are redundant too.
    - Buttons: Some on the steering may be useful like volume/seek track or radio station as well as those from the cruise control. But they are not mandatory for me. Profusion of buttins on the dashboard is not only annoying but dangerous too. And gets on my nerves.
    Can't be arsed with quoting everyone either. But pretty much, this post is gets...

    ...+1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcp123 View Post
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    Getting back on topic guys...

    From what I've heard, Tesla axed the cheapest version of their Model S, which would have been relatively attainable.

    Fisker is so dead right now it's not even funny.

    So... where are we going with EVs now?

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    Niche product for the hardcore(expensive-ish compact like the Leaf), or the plaything for the rich(Tesla, Detroit Electric...etc)....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
    Niche product for the hardcore(expensive-ish compact like the Leaf), or the plaything for the rich(Tesla, Detroit Electric...etc)....
    Thank you.
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    As far as rats go...I like rats, BUT specifically building them that way in the name of being traditional is a farce. Most of the cars from "back in the day" which looked like that, looked like that out of necessity. Prewar cars were driven through the rationing of WWII and were basically beaten to a pulp by the time returning GI's started souping them up. They put together the mechanicals first and as money allowed they would then make their car look good. I hope as more folks learn the true history of hot rod culture that this might subside.

    BUT...a good patina is a different story altogether.
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    Americans not really interested in crummy comunistical Euro cars.

    Subcompact car sales in a funk despite high gas prices

    Discuss.
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    A reflection of the lack of disposable income to those who seek a cheap car.
    Now they're hanging on to cars for longer or buying second hand.
    Typical national macro-economic movements when the lower/middle income group are squeezed.
    In other nations you'd also add that they were moving to using public transport .... but I've tried that in the US and it's not that viable
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    Well, the thing is their car sales figures are increasing (much like UK's).

    Unlike here, where we just stage Mercedes-Benz model launches and test drives and nothing else because no one can afford to buy... a bycicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine View Post
    A reflection of the lack of disposable income to those who seek a cheap car.
    Now they're hanging on to cars for longer or buying second hand.
    Typical national macro-economic movements when the lower/middle income group are squeezed.
    In other nations you'd also add that they were moving to using public transport .... but I've tried that in the US and it's not that viable

    It's viable in only a few places...Chicago, San Francisco, New York. Otherwise, don't even bother.

    There's a small trend towards ToD, or Transit Oriented Development. Pockets of this can be seen in Denver, the SF Bay Area, and Portland, OR, where new, middle-density and/or mixed-use developments are being clustered along already-existing public transit corridors.
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    Scoop: Fiats Supersized 500L, the New 500XL, Caught Undisguised - Carscoops

    I can understand now why Fiat is in trouble and why Chrysler was such a good investment...
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    By the time they get around to re-doing the 600, it'll be a bus..
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    No one buying Italian supercars in Italy...

    Checkpoint Carlo: How Tax Cops Killed Italys Supercar Market | Car and Driver Blog

    Yet, commie Euros represent almost half the worldwide market for supercars.

    Speed Sells: Charting Global Supercar Sales—with Charts! | Car and Driver Blog

    Eing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    Yet, commie Euros represent almost half the worldwide market for supercars.

    Eing?
    perhaps your confusion would be less if you don't use the silly word "commie", or have you been watching Fox-News lately?
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