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Am I the only one that has noticed that the car of the future is the car of the past? You don't see Toyota or Honda building retro cars. Maybe it sounded like a good thing but the past is why it's the past.

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Am I the only one that has noticed that the car of the future is the car of the past? You don't see Toyota or Honda building retro cars. Maybe it sounded like a good thing but the past is why it's the past.
Disagree.

Examples - BMW, MB, GM, Ford, Plymouth, and on and on...

I found it really interesting that Ford, while no where near as bad as GM, has an amazing car that is CR red dot for 10 years running.

Mercury Grand Marquis
Gets 15 city and 27 highway on the 1998 version.

These regularly get 200,000 miles with no problems.

This happens to be the same car many law enforcement officers are driving.

Isn't it interesting that the big 3 can't make a car like the one they're already making, quality wise, albeit they need some better styling, especially Ford.

Still, you can pick one of these v8 beauties for 3-5 grand.

I am sure those here would pick up a MB instead - but if you need a kicker, there's one.

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This is so Detroit...what a car! Who would have thought a v8 would get such good mpg!?!

I thought MB had a lock on the mileage!

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Am I the only one that has noticed that the car of the future is the car of the past? You don't see Toyota or Honda building retro cars. Maybe it sounded like a good thing but the past is why it's the past.
Toyota FJ Cruiser is a direct Retro design. Honda's S2000 is a take back to the classic roadsters of the sixties.

But then look at normal Toyota and Honda design and the way it carries and dates itself. With few exceptions the sedans age very poorly [who wants a retro 75 Civic?

Since they only have a 35 year history in the US, it is hard to have a retro design that is truly "nostalgic" to the US buyer.

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