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Cars have never been this boring

By Blogger on 02 Feb 2011

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When was the last time an affordable, mass market car that was launched managed to get you just that little bit hot under the collar with lust or desire?

Personally, I can't recall so it must have been donkey years ago. And for good reason. It has been a long time since there has been a bread & butter car that could inspire even a teeniest bit of motoring soul or passion. In fact, I think it has or will get worse in the coming years.

Take a look at the line up of affordable cars today and we would struggle to find one that could make car enthusiasts drool or go gaga over. We have a couple of pretenders to the throne (say the Kia Koup). But, really, it seems that this is as good as it gets for normal average Singaporean drivers. If you don't have more than 150 grand to dish out on a car, you can forget about motoring pleasure, soul, passion & what not.

For this, I blame the eco-mentalists and green activists. Their constant badgering for improving emissions standards and fuel consumption have led car manufacturers to focus on chasing these boring old figures rather than focusing on horsepower & handling.

For one of the biggest victims of this green focus, we don't have to look any further than Honda. For a car marque that used to be steep in racing heritage and made pretty dang good mass market cars just decades ago, it has now stooped to the level of advertising its technological advancements in hybrid technology! A far cry from its glory days I say!

Well, this has gone too far and I had had enough of all these eco-silliness. It is, quite frankly, making the car enthusiast in me feel sick. So my first wish for 2011? For car manufacturers to recognize and acknowledge that we still need exciting cars and to stop sacrificing it all just for some emission figures.

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EventH Feb 02 2011 06:23 PM
The Honda CR-Z is still pretty hot. The Tesla roadster is probably as hot as a Lotus Elise.
I guess "green" car don't always have to look ugly.

Spacious A-B people movers are still the biggest money spinners for manufacturers.
Friendstar Feb 02 2011 07:00 PM
I don't think he was referring to looks.

More like the drivability of the car
Happily1986 Feb 03 2011 12:41 AM
There will be no racing heritage to speak of if Honda cease to exist. What they did is to simply adapt to market trends in order to survive and maybe thrive. This may be their short term strategy to ride out he storm. What will happen in 30 years and beyond, noone knows.
Soran Feb 04 2011 12:15 AM
At the end of the day it's the bread-and-butter cars that pay the bills and bring in the profits. With rising petrol prices and whatnot, it's always a good thing to have a fuel-efficient and green car

Nevertheless I do agree that Honda isnt so exciting these days. Gone are the days when they had the Integra, S2000 and NSX. Even the old Honda Civic (EG/EK series) were jolly good fun in the right hands.
Blogger Feb 06 2011 04:31 PM
Thanks for the comments!

To clarify, I was referring to the lust inducing factor - which can be a mixture of factors such as gorgeous looks, spanking performance or hot handling :)

Btw, anyone spotted an affordable car that made you go gaga recently?
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