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Old 21 Jan 2018, 15:09 (Ref:3794136)   #31
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Grant, there is a specific thread discussing over-complication, here- http://tentenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=151558
Ah, so there is. Thanks for the link.

Seems a bit comatose though.

Should we wake it up?
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Old 21 Jan 2018, 19:23 (Ref:3794151)   #32
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Old 24 Jan 2018, 17:50 (Ref:3794793)   #33
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Something more modern and smaller, but which (from sales figures and time on sale) proved to be too clever for the buying public- the Toyota iQ, along with itís vastly more expensive spin off, the Aston Martin Cygnet! I remember Clarkson on Top Gear renaming the Toyota the ĎZanussií, due to its white-goods like proportions.......

There was a clever reason for Aston wanting to sell their version- itís low emissions would help them achieve a lower average for their range. However, as you can read from the following, not exactly a big seller, but ironically sought after now. Mostly by AM collectors.....

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/aston-m...n-cygnet-story
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Old 24 Jan 2018, 19:15 (Ref:3794812)   #34
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Does the Renault Evantime qualify? Certainly had a very limited lifespan......
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Old 24 Jan 2018, 19:22 (Ref:3794815)   #35
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Something more modern and smaller, but which (from sales figures and time on sale) proved to be too clever for the buying public- the Toyota iQ, along with itís vastly more expensive spin off, the Aston Martin Cygnet! I remember Clarkson on Top Gear renaming the Toyota the ĎZanussií, due to its white-goods like proportions.......

There was a clever reason for Aston wanting to sell their version- itís low emissions would help them achieve a lower average for their range. However, as you can read from the following, not exactly a big seller, but ironically sought after now. Mostly by AM collectors.....

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/aston-m...n-cygnet-story
They sold 141 in the UK?

Really?

Back in the year of launch I think I saw one on the road and two outside an AM dealership.

Then nothing until last year when I was following one out of Henley but too far back to catch up and et a closer look before it turned off.

Too clever?

On the basis that they didn't sell many into a target market that is somewhat prone to buying trinkets.... possibly not?

150 hours build time maybe reflects some re-manufacturing effort rather than comparable build time alone for a new DB9?
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Old 24 Jan 2018, 19:44 (Ref:3794821)   #36
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Does the Renault Evantime qualify? Certainly had a very limited lifespan......

The Avantime must qualify for something - only 8,500 built.

Renault were making some strange things back then, The Vel Satis was quite odd too but sold more.

Their styling was definitely on the unusual side of interesting.
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Old 24 Jan 2018, 20:23 (Ref:3794825)   #37
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(AM Cygnet)- Too clever? On the basis that they didn't sell many into a target market that is somewhat prone to buying trinkets.... possibly not?
Youíre looking at the Cygnet in isolation, but I was looking at it as really just a (very) highly specified Toyota so therefore suffering the same odd proportions, strange seating layout (for 3.5 peeps) and tiny luggage capacity. BTW apparently the iQ has an airbag behind the rear seats as the heads of any passenger(s) in the back are so close....

Avantime? The answer to a question nobody asked, IMO!
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Here’s another small car that failed to capture the European public’s imagination- the Peugeot 1007. This review is spot on so no excuses for the link.... https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbyca...eot/1007-2005/

Anecodatal evidence suggests that the electric sliding doors were so slow, if it was raining you got soaked getting in or out! Peugeot also had to educate us that the car was not a ‘one-0-0-7’, as that upset the James Bond franchise people. I think it was sold as the ‘ten-0-7’ to avoid conflict.......

Anyway, it tried to be clever and failed. Now if you see one it will likely be being driven by someone of the same demographic as a Toyota Yaris Verso, although despite it’s looks, that is a far more usable car.

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The original Mercedes-Benz A-class would have to qualify with the sandwich floor concept, too bad about the moose test. Quite a contrast from the current car where M-B have joined many other manufacturers in dropping off a Golf as the design breif.
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The original Mercedes-Benz A-class would have to qualify with the sandwich floor concept, too bad about the moose test. Quite a contrast from the current car where M-B have joined many other manufacturers in dropping off a Golf as the design breif.
Glad someone bought that up! 1997 when it happened, so some may be too young even to know about it! Google ĎMercedes A class Elk (or Moose) testí for loads of good pics....

The packaging of the original A class was superb, although it did place the driver rather far forward in the car. Itís sandwich floor was very clever, and despite the test roll over debacle the model sold very well. I believe the Audi A2 was their response to the Merc, but although more advanced in some ways (and better handling!) the Audi was not so accommodating for passengers or their luggage.

Apparently the double floor was abandoned for the 3rd gen due to marketing pressures. Merc wanted the car to appeal to younger buyers, and the earlier cars had to be tall due to said floor design. Great for the older generation, but hardly sporty...... As you say, the current and recently announced next gen A class are just Golf clones, some models with wheezy Renault engines to boot......
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I imagine the A2 was a response but Audi definitely went their own way. I'm not sure why but I couldn't find the original moose test footage, but there was the ADAC/M-B re-test with a hilariously 'tame' ADAC tester.

The only A-class I've driven was an A45 - definitely not wheezy!
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I imagine the A2 was a response but Audi definitely went their own way. I'm not sure why but I couldn't find the original moose test footage, but there was the ADAC/M-B re-test with a hilariously 'tame' ADAC tester.

The only A-class I've driven was an A45 - definitely not wheezy!
I've only seen stills of the car tipping over in the original test. The A45 motor is not a Renault lump, as far as I know! I think it's mainly the diesels.....

The A Class wasn't the only German car to have initial stability problems in the last couple of decades. The first Audi TTs supplied in Europe were all recalled (to Germany) as the shape allowed the rear to lift at speed. Combined with aggressive suspension settings to reduce understeer, it resulted in drivers losing the back end if lifting off at high speed on a bend. Hence the retro fitted rear spoiler, suspension changes and tweaked electronic stability settings... Road testers in the UK reckoned the 'before' TT was a much better drivers car, but Audi obviously decided it was a little too nervous for general use!

From memory the Smart 4/2 also achieved some initial notoriety due to the handling on snow or ice. Remember seeing pictures of them upside down on Autobahns! Not sure if it was ever sorted, as the very short wheelbase and rear weight bias were the main problems....
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Bristol 401, first production saloon to reach 100mph...maybe, I don't know about that but it was one of the first to have serious wind tunnel R&D done.

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Daf 33? Quite good to drive but never really caught on.

Seamless acceleration (just like the i3) but drivers in those days were waiting for the automatic 'change' and revs dip.
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Daf 33? Quite good to drive but never really caught on.

Seamless acceleration (just like the i3) but drivers in those days were waiting for the automatic 'change' and revs dip.
I once drove a DAF! I needed a pool car for a business trip, but all the pool cars (mainly A60s, plus the odd Ford) were out, so I had to borrow a car from the test fleet, which had some very interesting cars, from an E-type down. . . I was given the Daffodil!

Seamless acceleration? Acceleration wasn't really part of its repertoire! Pressing hard on the accelerator produced an increase in noise from under the bonnet & an almost imperceptible increase in speed. Pulling out from a t-junction, even in a 30 limit, was something of an adventure.

To optimum engine braking you pulled out a knob on the dash - that raised the noise level to a cacophony.

Ah, the Daffodil; the only car I've ever driven that had me yearning for an A60!
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