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Old October 3rd, 2013, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I guess we can make this kinda like What rare cars have you seen in person? - Android Forums except, you don't have to have seen one in person.
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I'd argue that the Tesla Model S is changing the world. Not only how electric cars are perceived, but by beating back the jerks who keep trying to block its sales.
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Telsa are definitely changing perceptions - good call.

I'd have to nominate the Prius - the first commercially successful hybrid. Don't like it. Don't understand why you'd add expensive hybrid tech to a gasolene engine to get the same mileage you get from a regular TDI - why wouldn't you add the hybrid tech to a TDI - but it is indisputably a break through vehicle.

At the complete opposite end of the scale, probably half the break through vehicle tech of the last 60 years first appeared on the Mercedes S Class. And it's still way ahead in some areas - double glazed windows, anyone?
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They have, though.

Volkswagen XL1 Concept First Drive – Review – Car and Driver

Its quite impressive.

There's a lot of innovation out there right now. I like all these high-efficiency 500HP+ supercars that also get 50+mpg. That Peugeot Onyx is artwork.
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That XL1 is actually pretty extraordinary: that's pretty close to being a practical vehicle. The only issues are the 2 seats and maybe luggage space (not mentioned in the article), but they'd probably only be an issue for me maybe once a month, if that.
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They're taking that technology from that and applying it to the Audi A3 and the VW Golf. I want to see the kinds of mileages those and maybe a Jetta TDI eTron might get.
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Nowhere near 261, I would guess - unless they start making the A3 with carbonfibre

Be interesting if they did, though. Don't really like the A3, but an A4 that got say, 70 - 100mpg - that would be really tempting
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Indeed. Pollution aspects aside, fuel efficiency just makes sense in the long run, economically speaking
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.. and politically: significantly reduce demand for oil, prices fall and suddenly a whole bunch of politically problematic countries - e.g. just about everywhere in the Middle East, Russia, Venezuela etc etc - don't matter nearly so much.

In fact, the only downside would be reduced profits for oil companies, but bigger picture: pretty much every other part of the economy benefits.

Such a no brainer you have to wonder why the world has been not so much moving as dashing headlong in the opposite direction
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For reasons that would drop this into the P&CE forums.

Another two cars that changed the world: The first Corvette, and the Lamborghini Miura
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