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View Poll Results: Would there be a market for mass produced simple basic cars?
yes 39 44.83%
no 48 55.17%
Voters: 87. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-23-2019, 10:35 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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By coincidence, I just posted this on the Green Living forum this AM Going old tech to save money and reduce waste


"Let's look at something more negatively impressive about technology: The Germans came up with the VolksWagen (Peoples Car) 85y/a. It got 20 mpg, sat 4, used exhaust heat to defrost windows & heat cabin. Four guys could pick it up and move it if you got stuck. Windows opened/close reliably with a hand crank. They were super-easy to keep tuned & to repair. We used to keep a rebuilt one in our shop as replacement. When one came in for major repairs, we could remove the old and replace it with the newly rebuilt one in 20 minutes, then take our time easily rebuilding the old one...oh-- and cheap to buy new or used.


What has technology wrought us: environmentally meaningless results from adding thousands of dollars of electronic sensors, computers & fuel injection systems driving the cost of a new car well out the reach of modest wage earners and ridiculously high maintenance & repair costs., while 20mpg still remains to be the norm. (Remember the Geo? It got 50mpg 30 y/s ago, but the govt regs put them out of production....The only advantage newer cars have is that they're easier to start in cold weather. That could have been accomplished with pretty cheap improvements in ignition spark. BTW- almost all of the improved fuel economy has been attained by making smaller engines and lighter cars, not the high tech engine changes.


Yes, newer cars have reduced exhaust emissions. Has that caused less disease or habitat destruction? No- it's meaningless govt diversionary tactics."
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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By simple and basic, I mean none of the bells and whistles of modern cars, no computer systems, advanced emissions systems, modern braking systems, electric window controls, etc etc etc.
Nobody will buy such a car, but plenty of people may be persuaded to invest in it.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elio_Motors
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I think the market would be there, but it would be small, like the EV market.
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:54 AM
 
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I think the market would be there, but it would be small, like the EV market.
Too small to be profitable.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:10 PM
 
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Originally Posted by cyphorx
By simple and basic, I mean none of the bells and whistles of modern cars, no computer systems, advanced emissions systems, modern braking systems, electric window controls, etc etc etc.
Yes exactly...... I see a definete cause.. Alot of us do not want all that stuff..... We just want a working car!!


I picked YES on the poll
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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There is a market for everything. The real question is, is that market big enough to actually generate a profit. I have to say no.
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Houston
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There are three wheelers that can be had pretty cheap. No big demand for them.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:42 PM
 
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Nobody will buy such a car, but plenty of people may be persuaded to invest in it.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elio_Motors
What's crazy is that Elio could have worked had they not insisted on large scale production at the start.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:49 AM
 
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Itís just a Can-Am ATV with a shell on it itís not a car.
That's the thing. They could have challenged the definition of car or they could have successfully marketed themselves as a new type of vehicle.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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They made this car... the Tata Nano. No one bought it.

So it's already been done and the answer is no.
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