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    Voiture moyenne 2013 : les Français achètent des voitures toujours plus chères - L'argus

    This article reviews the publication of an analysis of the evolution of the average French purchased car in 2013 relative to 2012.
    It shows that in spite of the economic recession the avearge purchase price has gone up. People are buying more add on features like communications. The average car is getting lighter, less powerful, lower in pollution and fuel consumption.

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    It probably responds well to the needs of many people relative to the situations they live within. Would be interesting to graph that elemental trend (vehicule attributes) against some measure of feeling personal fulfilment.

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    I expect as the communications features increase, the mobility features of the car become less important.

    It seems the joy of the journey is becoming more important than the destination. Once dash cams become fully integrated, one will be able to complete the journey bluetoothing to the world and review the journey afterwards by replaying the dash cam.

    If one doesn't survive the journey, at leat the relatives will have a video of the last moments, and if they can back up the phone, the last conversations completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    Voiture moyenne 2013 : les Français achètent des voitures toujours plus chères - L'argus

    This article reviews the publication of an analysis of the evolution of the average French purchased car in 2013 relative to 2012.
    It shows that in spite of the economic recession the avearge purchase price has gone up. People are buying more add on features like communications. The average car is getting lighter, less powerful, lower in pollution and fuel consumption.
    Where will it end, Gerry? Will we all be "driving" four wheeled entertainment centres? I guess dialling in a phoney Ferrari engine soundtrack at 60 km/h might turn some people on, or maybe the ability to text something by just thinking it may or may not be a good thing, but like it or not, our authorities are going out of their way to ensure that driving cars is as boring as possible.
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    That is way it is -manufacurers (not just French) reflecting the needs and aspirations of the market. It is a long way from the spirit of innovation that created the DS.

    We have an amusing scene of Ford. They have recently revived the Mustang and are marketing it elsewhere on grunt.
    Meanwhile in France they are putting out publicity on their research to cut excess speed. They are designing "intelligent" speed limiters that cut the maximum speed of the car to a margin over the prevailing speed limit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    That is way it is -manufacurers (not just French) reflecting the needs and aspirations of the market. It is a long way from the spirit of innovation that created the DS.

    We have an amusing scene of Ford. They have recently revived the Mustang and are marketing it elsewhere on grunt.
    Meanwhile in France they are putting out publicity on their research to cut excess speed. They are designing "intelligent" speed limiters that cut the maximum speed of the car to a margin over the prevailing speed limit.
    That's got to be the Irish speed limiter. The speed limit is this, but we're prepared to let you go at this higher speed!
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    No, it is a lawyer's speed limiter. If they set it to the legal limit and someone needs a bit more speed to get out of trouble and it isn't there, Ford could be liable for the accident.
    The Irish speed limit is the minimum speed allowed on the road. If you have ever driven through Irish villages you will know that it is one of the few countries that sets a speed limit for pedestrians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    That's got to be the Irish speed limiter. The speed limit is this, but we're prepared to let you go at this higher speed!
    Call it a Paddy Hopkirk.

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    The Hopkirk Turn together with the Scandinavian Flick are favourites of mine Rob! Never mind the speed limits!
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    Scandinavian flick is my fave on gravel/dirt . We're showing our age there Kim. I don't think the kiddies of today know about that stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Australdi View Post
    Scandinavian flick is my fave on gravel/dirt . We're showing our age there Kim. I don't think the kiddies of today know about that stuff.
    Both Hoppy's hand brake and the flick turn look spectacular as an observer.

    Are the techniques the fastest way of negotiating a gravel bend ?

    Personally I'm not sure. Neither potentially put the car on line for the shortest "distance" .

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