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Old 03-06-2009, 12:01 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by shovel View Post
See, I've always felt this is flat out retarded. As long as you can legally buy and drive a motorcycle which has NO inherent safety features, or a convertible which has severely compromised safety compared to a hard top vehicle - you should be equally able to buy any of the little TukTuk or Kei tin cans. Want a safer car? Well, get one then. Willing to trade some collision safety for economy? Well, get a tin can. It's no less safe than a COMPLETELY LEGAL motorcycle or convertible

Completely nonsensical legislation.
I agree that the legislation is non-sense, just like my fathers Miles ZX40 cannot go legally above 25mph, same BS. These are not as UNSAFE as many would have you believe, it depends on the year and type but the 2100lb Daihtsu kei van has a crumple zone and airbags available (US doesn't get the airbag due to the 25mph speed limitation) In Japan they do crash them and do need to meet a Japanese standard, sadly our government won't recognize a standard from another country, many of these Kei class vehicles also have a CAT and will pass emissions which is another bogus reason they say Kei cars aren't allowed.

Originally Posted by shovel View Post
That's all nifty, but I'm not complaining about the size of cars. I am within 8 pounds of willoughby athlete weight and am comfortable in nearly any vehicle. However, an alarmingly large ( ) number of Americans are over 300 lbs, many of us are nearly 7' tall... and I've seen people nag about not feeling roomy enough in midsize sedans like late model Accords, speaking of which have you noticed how fat cars are getting these days? You could carry three 1982 CVCC's in the trunk of a 2009 Civic. We Americans seem to love huge cars for some bizarre reason, and the overwhelming majority of us wouldn't buy a Kei car because we want big, fast, and now. I don't mean this as a discussion of what's right or wrong... just that's how it is. People want what they want and nag till they get it.
I don't agree with the above, many people like big, fast, now but many people prefer, cheap, economical, practical by necessity. Safe is in there but only because its used as a clitche advertisement gimmick which doesn't necessarily mean much, (safe gimmick is tied into army tank size cars). I have found that people of different types go for a different gimmick, whatever that gimmick is, look at how well the smallish Smart car sells? Many Americans will buy what they are told to buy or what they believe will be "in" or them. However there is also a large number of Americans that buy solely on need and pricing points, I don't think the majority is one, instead we are well divided into dramaticaly different groups and there is in fact no majority on the buying side.

I know for certain whenever I drive my little Subaru 360 I am always asked where can I get one, same goes for my Comutacar, there seems to be a very vocal group who want small and unusual cars that aren't apparently getting what they want?

My fathers ZX40 always gets the comment, I would drive that and in fact a 7' tall person could easily be seated in it (at least in the front seats The propaganda for my Subaru 360 show a huge sumo wrestler sitting in the car getting out.

I think if given a real chance with proper advertising and backing many americans would be as likely to buy a kei car just as much as they now buy the Prius or the Smart. Also remember a small car does not need to be cramped, vehicles can be designed to fit anyone.

Give it a gimmick and people will buy it, I have never wanted a Mustang or a truck. I did want my old diesel Suburban but it filled a practical need, many of my friends are the same. Cars weren't made the way I wanted so I had to get ones that weren't normal there are many people who would buy vehicles similar to what I have if they were available without extreme effort or cost.
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