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Old 12-12-2018, 12:15 PM   #2921 (permalink)
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Look Ma, I'm a Civic! ..........
My sister had a 4WD Civic wagon from the same era, it was amazing the amount of stuff she could fit into it.

Great for bicyclists that want their stuff in the car.

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Old 12-12-2018, 01:16 PM   #2922 (permalink)
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The standard hatch was less spacious, especially the trunk. The rear bench could slide forward though and the backs more upright, then you could dump the luggage of 4 friends for a week, a TV, a computer, a ghetto blaster and then some in it. Just the bare essentials
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"Could these companies be trying to gauge buyers' reactions to strikingly different designs or even prepare us for more radical-looking vehicles to come?"

I saw a Volvo C30 on the street the other day. It's been one of my favorite hatchbacks.
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Old 12-24-2018, 12:22 PM   #2924 (permalink)
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How about the Tritan A2... a three wheeler with a 440cc rotary (!) engine:





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https://www.allcarindex.com/auto-car...A2--Aerocar-2/

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The unique design of the A2 has such low wind resistance that it requires only half as much horsepower as a motorcycle, and only a third as much as a car. The very low drag coefficient (Cd) of .150 translates into extreme aerodynamic stability for such a lightweight vehicle (weight is approx. 900 pounds, depending on drive train installed).

The vehicle’s Amick Arch can handle gusty crosswinds (while its vertical airfoil-shaped fixed sails convert side wind to forward thrust). Centers of gravity, side pressure, and lateral resistance are optimized to provide maximum vehicle safety.

Body is monocoque/fiberglass construction, with urethane nose and tail bumpers. Can be registered in most U.S. states as a motorcycle.

Other safety features: wedge-shaped front end that tends to deflect impacts; a highly visible profile in traffic; panoramic windshields; a collapsible steering column; exceptional aerodynamic stability; all-weather radial tires; quartz halogen headlights; and a manually operated emergency brake.

Engine & performance:

Position: Rear
Type: Rotary SP-440
Capacity: 440 cc
Power: 30hp @ 5500 rpm
Drive: RWD
Top speed: 153 km/h
0-100 km/h: 17 s

Dimensions:

Length: 4166 mm
Width: 1753 mm
Height: 1346 mm
Wheelbase: 2159 mm
Weight: 408 kg
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"Could these companies be trying to gauge buyers' reactions to strikingly different designs or even prepare us for more radical-looking vehicles to come?"

I saw a Volvo C30 on the street the other day. It's been one of my favorite hatchbacks.
Ditto. There's one a few doors down from me.
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The A2 Aerocar is promoted as a pizzaa delivery vehicle....


https://www.allcarindex.com/auto-car...A2--Aerocar-2/

....similar to the Arcimoto FUV Deliverator.
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I saw a Volvo C30 on the street the other day. It's been one of my favorite hatchbacks.
Highly unpractical cars though


You pictured some prototype / design study

The real thing in the Volvo Museum, Goteborg:

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Highly unpractical cars though


You pictured some prototype / design study

The real thing in the Volvo Museum, Goteborg:
That is a Volvo 3CC. It was an electric 3-seater that got 180 miles range per charge and could top out at 85 mph. Drag coefficient was 0.25 if I remember correctly.
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The mew passat variants (station wagon) seem to be fairly aerodynamic. But i cannot seem to find any data on them.

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