OT: Why are cars getting bigger?

Boris Liberman boris71 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 01:31:21 EDT 2020

My late father was 172 cm tall and considered himself an average height. I
am 180 cm tall and I think just like my dad.

So, yes - he could fit comfortably in Ford Escort circa 1980es, while I'd
prefer bigger Ford Focus.

One can also look at VW Polo. It is as big now as some earlier generations
of VW Golf.

So, cars are getting bigger. Why would that be an issue?

Sorry, I didn't watch the video.


On Wed, Sep 30, 2020, 22:53 John Francis <johnf at panix.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 02:44:45PM -0700, Larry Colen wrote:
> >
> >
> > > On Sep 29, 2020, at 2:39 PM, Paul Stenquist <pnstenquist at comcast.net>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > A load of crap from a know-nothing.
> Quite.  I gave up watching almost immediately.
> One reason cars keep getting bigger is because the person most likely to
> buy a 2021 Wombat is the owner of an earlier-model-year Wombat.
> But people and families keep getting bigger, so they're looking for more
> space in the car.  And they've probably got more household income, too,
> so there are lots of opportunites to sell high-profit-margin 'features;
> a lot of buyers aren't looking for a feature-for-feature replacement.
> I've actually remarked on the Ranger when I pulled up behind one (around
> here it's common to see old cars & trucks still in everyday use; we don't
> have a lot of salt on the roads during winter to eat away the bodywork).
> I've also made similar comments about the Honda Civic; what started off
> as a pretty basic (and cheap) entry-level model has changed considerably
> over the years, and now looks enormous compared to that original model.
> (It's also a whole lot more comfortable to drive, and somewhat faster).
> As an individual model line grows that opens up space for a smaller and
> cheaper model to be added to the lineup. So while a current-year Wombat
> may have grown a few inches compared to last year's model, anyone looking
> for a smaller vehicle might prefer to test drive the Woodchuck ...
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