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Old 12-30-2019, 12:43 AM   #91 (permalink)
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To each their own - IMHO these features reduce sales more than drag.
Whether they affect sales is a matter of opinion, since we don't have any data. But those inlets feed air curtain ducts over the rear wheels, which unquestionably reduce drag.

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The Clarity isn't a hatchback? I always thought it was, must have been the little window on the back. Why make a car look 90% like a hatchback, but then make it a sedan? Heck, the side view of the Model 3 almost looks more like a hatchback than the Model S.
They even went as far as putting a second window between the cabin and trunk so the driver can see out of the lower exterior window. That seems like a lot more trouble than just making it a hatchback.


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Old 12-30-2019, 01:49 AM   #92 (permalink)
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That second window looks useless.
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Old 04-09-2020, 05:06 PM   #94 (permalink)
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The Clarity is honestly on my short list as soon as they get old enough to be cheap. To me it's a plus that it's ugly if it saves me money. I have a habit of buying cars others think are ugly anyway.
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Spurred by your post, I decided to check local listings for these cars. None for sale used.

However, it looks like you can get the "electric transmission" from one for $500 on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-HONDA-...IAAOSwvNpeaVdg

^ That's 135kw (181HP). If it's not too difficult to get running, it could be an absolute steal for EV conversions.
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There's speculation about auto loan defaults and repossessions, as well as people simply selling vehicles they can't afford. We might see a glut of used cars down the road, which would push prices down.
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Imho, superbugs are a niche product, AND since few people know what they are anymore, not stranded like they used to be. In my conversations, if it looks like a bug, it is a bug, super or otherwise. The most important thing is to keep it looking pristine and living in a large high congestion area.
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Spurred by your post, I decided to check local listings for these cars. None for sale used.

However, it looks like you can get the "electric transmission" from one for $500 on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-HONDA-...IAAOSwvNpeaVdg

^ That's 135kw (181HP). If it's not too difficult to get running, it could be an absolute steal for EV conversions.
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