any future for the SUV

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    Jun 08, 2016 7:46 PM GMT
    The ultimate down sizing; buy a micro class electric passenger car.
    Life is harsh. i started work on on my hatch back clutch project today. Wish i had one of these instead.
    reference:
    http://www.automobilemag.com/news/honda-reveals-micro-commuter-electric-car-prototype-184167/

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    Jun 08, 2016 9:29 PM GMT
    pellaz saidThe ultimate down sizing; buy a micro class electric passenger car.
    Life is harsh. i started work on on my hatch back clutch project today. Wish i had one of these instead.
    reference:
    http://www.automobilemag.com/news/honda-reveals-micro-commuter-electric-car-prototype-184167/

    2013-honda-micro-commuter-4_800x0w.jpg


    I certainly hope that there's no future for the SUV or van, except for people who really need them.

    Quite often at the gym or supermarket I find myself parked between two vans or SUVs. Because of their size, I cannot see well enough to back out safely. Also, if I am making a left turn from the left turn only lane and an oncoming van or SUV is also making a left turn, I cannot see around it well enough to tell whether it is safe to proceed. They increase the danger faced by other road users.
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    Jun 08, 2016 11:03 PM GMT
    FRE0 said
    I certainly hope that there's no future for the SUV or van, except for people who really need them.

    Quite often at the gym or supermarket I find myself parked between two vans or SUVs. Because of their size, I cannot see well enough to back out safely. Also, if I am making a left turn from the left turn only lane and an oncoming van or SUV is also making a left turn, I cannot see around it well enough to tell whether it is safe to proceed. They increase the danger faced by other road users.

    I'm glad that you allow that some people have a legitimate, often commercial need for such vehicles, along with pickup trucks. Also for towing purposes, something I did for many years. I can't imagine the micro car pictured above towing anything larger than a Radio Flyer toy wagon.

    But I agree with the difficulty you cite in backing out of a parking space when you're boxed in by these monsters. I suppose as more cars come equipped with rearview cameras and proximity sensors it will get better.

    Yet like me I know you remember a time when roads had cars of all about the same height. And with clear windows, not all tinted dark. In lines of traffic you could look right through the windows of maybe 5 cars in front of you. Nowadays my line of sight is limited to a solid wall of metal and blacked-out glass right in front of my hood. And if you drive one of these smaller cars you're even more in a hole with the surrounding traffic.
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    Jun 09, 2016 12:04 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FRE0 said
    I certainly hope that there's no future for the SUV or van, except for people who really need them.

    Quite often at the gym or supermarket I find myself parked between two vans or SUVs. Because of their size, I cannot see well enough to back out safely. Also, if I am making a left turn from the left turn only lane and an oncoming van or SUV is also making a left turn, I cannot see around it well enough to tell whether it is safe to proceed. They increase the danger faced by other road users.

    I'm glad that you allow that some people have a legitimate, often commercial need for such vehicles, along with pickup trucks. Also for towing purposes, something I did for many years. I can't imagine the micro car pictured above towing anything larger than a Radio Flyer toy wagon.

    But I agree with the difficulty you cite in backing out of a parking space when you're boxed in by these monsters. I suppose as more cars come equipped with rearview cameras and proximity sensors it will get better.

    Yet like me I know you remember a time when roads had cars of all about the same height. And with clear windows, not all tinted dark. In lines of traffic you could look right through the windows of maybe 5 cars in front of you. Nowadays my line of sight is limited to a solid wall of metal and blacked-out glass right in front of my hood. And if you drive one of these smaller cars you're even more in a hole with the surrounding traffic.


    I think that they are also more dangerous to pedestrians.

    Most cars have low front ends. If they hit a pedestrian the pedestrian will be forced upward then to the side. Not good, but better than thrown forward and run over which is what would happen to a pedestrian hit by one of these high vehicles.
  • kew1

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    Jun 11, 2016 6:53 AM GMT
    Can you buy a Renault Twizy over there?
    BarcelonaTwizy-T24-a.jpg
    The doors are optional.

  • Jun 21, 2016 6:00 AM GMT
    As long as people want to drive to the wilderness or in the snow, SUVs will have a useful purpose. Miniature cars have no place at campgrounds in the wilderness, at ski resorts, or on dirt roads.
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    Jun 21, 2016 11:43 AM GMT
    kew1 said
    Can you buy a Renault Twizy over there?

    BarcelonaTwizy-T24-a.jpg
    The doors are optional.

    Not that I've seen. The US has the GEM, now made by Polaris, known for their snowmobiles, ATVs, and motorcycles. It's electric, mostly used as resort, private community and estate vehicles (you see them running all over Key West, many as rentals). Legal and licensed for public roads in most States, but typically restricted to streets with a posted top speed limit of 35 mph (56 km). Doors are optional.

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    http://www.polaris.com/en-us/gem-electric-car
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    Jun 21, 2016 2:47 PM GMT
    SUVs are a fad that's going away soon, but not soon enough.
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    Jun 21, 2016 2:53 PM GMT
    waaaaaaaaa....

    why don't you all go back to riding horses...

    LOL

    I'd rather be in an SUV
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    Jun 21, 2016 9:30 PM GMT
    Its America
    you can have both
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