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Is your morning commute still fun to drive?

Time was, driving was a fun recreation.  From a casual Sunday excursion, to a cross country trip, to something energetic like Nascar racing, the experience generated by being catapulted through ever changing scenery was exciting.

A happy way to commute...

A happy way to commute...

Automotive design enhanced the experience. Swooping masses of sheet metal clad in bright colours, outlined in shiny chrome, housed behemoth power plants and sumptuous interiors swathed in deluxe upholstery.

It was a see and be seen experience.  People actually drove with their windows down, weather permitting.  That morning commute into work just didn’t seem half bad.

But then, the morning commute was far shorter then than it may be now.  The US Census Bureau has since started to measure the number of “extreme commuters” who spend more than 90 minutes a trip commuting from home to work.  Regardless how fanciful one’s wheels may be, that much time down the same roads in the same traffic day in and day out can’t help but become dreary.

And dreary may best describe current automotive design. Body styles are generated by current trends in wind tunnel testing; cars are distinguishable only by slight nuances in wrinkles or folds along sheet metal. Grey – or rather, silver – is a popular colour. Interiors offer much the same choice, perhaps with a cloth or leather option; higher priced cars sport two toned colour schemes. 

Given parameters, powerplants have improved but that may signal the difference in concept. New powerplants exhibit engineering prowess, as does the styling. Styling – for the sake of styling – played a larger role when the morning commute was still fun.

Imagine the morning commute in this !

Imagine the morning commute in this !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still doesn’t say why we started living ninety minutes away.

Posted in Automobile Design, Current Affairs, Pop Culture, Real Estate Development, Transit.