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Author Topic: 10 Daft New Car Features  (Read 989 times)

Offline cosworth151

10 Daft New Car Features
« on: April 15, 2009, 01:21:04 PM »
From AutoWeek's Daily Drive: 10 Car Features We Can Live Without!

1. Mini Cooper Convertible Openometer

What: Records time spent traveling with the roof down.

Cost: Standard

Our Take: We can’t remember the last time we were in a convertible and wondered exactly how long we drove with the top down.


2. Maybach Zeppelin Perfume Atomizer

What: An illuminated Plexiglas sphere that slowly distributes fragrances throughout the cabin.

Cost: $5,000

Our Take: For the price, we could have 5,000 pine-tree air fresheners for a surely more-potent smelling result.


3. Lexus LS 460 Advanced Parking Guidance System

What: Helps driver parallel park or back vehicle into a parking space.

Cost: $700

Our Take: By the time you get the system set, you’ll have six or seven enraged motorists behind you waiting to get by.


4. Rolls-Royce Phantom Starlight Headliner

What: Fiber-optic and LED technology for the headliner designed to create the illusion of a dazzling sky at night.

Cost: $8,400 (sedan), $12,100 (coupe)

Our Take: Who turned my Rolls into a planetarium?


5. Rolls-Royce Phantom Self-Righting Logo Center Caps

What: Floating wheel center caps that keep the RR logo upright at all times.

Cost: Standard

Our Take: Is an upside-down or slanted Rolls-Royce logo that much less prestigious?


6. Rolls-Royce Phantom Power-Closing Rear Doors

What: A motorized rear-door closer.

Cost: Standard

Our Take: We would fire any chauffer who doesn’t close the door after we get in and hire one who does.


7. Smart Fortwo Anti-Theft Alarm System

What: Run-of-the-mill theft-deterrent system.

Cost: $160

Our Take: How many car thieves do you think would risk getting caught and going to jail for a Fortwo?


8. Volkswagen New Beetle Flower Holder

What: Dashboard-mounted plastic vase.

Cost: Standard

Our Take: A French-fry holder would be way cooler, but we could live without that, too.


9. Mercedes-Benz R-class Bottle Opener

What: Front cupholder divider that doubles as a bottle opener.

Cost: Standard

Our Take: Bottles with twist-offs are wonderful things, or be a man and use your teeth.


10. Aston Martin Jaeger-LeCoultre DBS Transponder Watch

What: A watch that is capable of locking and unlocking the DBS’s doors.

Cost: $34,500

Our Take: We’ll never be as cool as 007, anyway.

My opinion- #1 & #5 are just silly. I need #9 for my MG Midget, since Old Speckled Hen doesn't have twist off caps. #4 would have been great in the Make-Out Machine I drove in high school!


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Offline Scott

Re: 10 Daft New Car Features
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 03:11:55 PM »
#2 - Plain stupid.

#3 - A friend has this on his VW Tiguan (sort of a mini-Toureg for you American's who don't have the Tiguan yet), and they are right, by the time you set up the system (it uses a camera), I would have parked, gotten out, locked the doors and be enjoying my coffee across the street before the first stage is done.

#4 - Great, turn the inside lights on at night time - how infuriating is that when the kids want the lights on so they can read?  But you're right, for Lover's Leap makeout sessions it would have been cool - "Hey Dad, can I take the Phantom out tonight?"...not likely.

#10 - Do they give you a new watch when you change cars?  Otherwise you have to toss away a $35,000 watch?
 :DD :DD



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