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Old 04-08-2008, 09:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I always thought that the Dodge Neon was an example of a car that looked cute and sold like hot-cakes. Even the Ford Tempo/Mercury Topazes might fit into that category too and they were everywhere in the 90s.
I don't know how they sell/sold, but I wouldn't say they're "girly", even if they are considered "cute" by some. I do know that I would rather drive something that looks "cool" rather than "girly" - all other things being the same.

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I don't know how they sell/sold, but I wouldn't say they're "girly", even if they are considered "cute" by some. I do know that I would rather drive something that looks "cool" rather than "girly" - all other things being the same.
I think the Neon was cute. It was even marketed that way (the "Hi" campaign).

Looking Back - Dodge Neon - Oct 7th 2005
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Before the Neon began its formative years, it spent a lot of time traveling with its parent company around the auto show circuit. The 1990 Dodge Neon Concept was a pleasant little sedan with an arched roofline and an open-top roof, as well as four doors that slid opened parallel to the car creating an appearance of four minivan-like sliding doors. It had two adorable round headlamps and four "bubble" wheels that made everyone go "Aww... that's cute."
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The 1995 Dodge Neon had so much potential when it was introduced in 1994 with a simple "Hi." ...
At the near end-stage of product development, they deliberately kept the oval headlights, which were part of the original concept design :


(I see a proto-new-beetle roofline, but that's just me)

I think Lee Iacocca or some other mucky-muck made sure that the "cute" headlights stayed. It was a paper article, so I don't know where to find it. I wish the original concept had been more faithfully rendered in the real Neon (designed to be almost 100% recyclable), but the real Neon was a nice small car.

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I had a smart car for a little over a year. My typical combined mileage was around 40mpg. My high for a tank was 46 in the summer on mostly flat highway. I didn't try any but the mildest of hypermiling techniques because I didn't want to confuse the servo-transimission (not accellerating to a stop sign). I think the smart with some aero mods could be a great MPG car. The thing isn't exactly aerodynamic.

I liked the car, but the family grew, so I traded it on a new Jetta sportwagen TDI.


Now, I commute in a 2007 corolla and am getting around 40 mpg with a few more hypermiling techniques. no mods yet.

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