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Mydesign   4/10/2012 6:26:24 AM
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Naperlous, you are right. Most of the mechanical and manual parts are getting replaced by electronic components and automations. I think in near future other than fuels, almost all functionalities may take place with the help of electronics.

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naperlou   4/9/2012 10:07:15 AM
Alex, you are right in your supposition that cars are becoming electronic platforms.  I heard a while ago that the manufacturer's cost was 1/3 powertrain, 1/3 chasis and 1/3 electronics.  Compare that to a few years ago.

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naperlou   4/9/2012 9:47:47 AM
Beth, yes, it is a very interesting mix of old and new.  Aerodynamics is back.  That is good.  Do you remember in the 80s when car manufacturers used to advertise their coefficient of drag?  Then we got SUVs. 

The Morgans are interesting.  I believe that the chasis is still wood.  Their is a long waiting list to get one. 

I think the new Dodge Dart is an Alfa Romeo sedan with a new skin.  If that is true it will be a great driving car.  I had an Alfa GTV (Gran Turisimo Veloce, or Grand Trouring Fast) when I lived in Europe at the turn of the millenium.  It was a great car.  This is my most anticipated result from the Chrysler/Fiat tie up.  Oh, and the Charger is great too.

I also liked the MV-1 taxi.  This looks a bit like the London taxis.  They are much easier to get in and out of and really are more practical than the beat up large sedans used in the US.

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A mix of old and new
Beth Stackpole   4/9/2012 8:15:08 AM
Loved the spectrum of classic looks with the sci-fi look of some of the newer models. I have seen the redesigned, old, but new Charger around and I have to say, I like it better in the 2000s than I ever did in the `70s. As for the out-there looking cars, BMW's i3/i8 electric vehicles are pretty novel looking. Not sure I fully like the look, but I find with these aerodynamic body structures, it takes a bit of getting used to before you can fully appreciate the aesthetics.

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