QOTD: What Will You Be Driving in 2023?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
qotd what will you be driving in 2023

Calling the future is a tough one. Forty years ago, the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey predicted that we would be making regularly scheduled Pan-Am flights to giant space stations and moon bases by now. Of course, in our brave future world of 2008, not only is Pan-Am dead and buried, but the only thing currently flying to the moon is a Chinese mapping probe. When deciding what car you will be driving in 15 years, there are numerous pitfalls to consider. Will you and I be able to afford gas in fifteen years? Will there be anything resembling an American auto manufacturing business? Will the Volt still be another year from production? Will the planet be ruled by damn dirty apes? For every possible future, there's a different car to drive. Take us there, oh Best and Brightest…

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  • Davey49 Davey49 on Apr 20, 2008

    Argen- you'll get triple digit mileage because you'll be pushing it for 1/2 it's trips.

  • Shaker Shaker on Apr 20, 2008

    I'll probably be riding a pale horse, reluctantly escorting the recently departed across the river Styx, working to shorten my stay in purgatory. I'll certainly be asking those souls what they were driving...

  • Martin Schwoerer Martin Schwoerer on Apr 20, 2008

    If economic history is of any relevance, we'll be richer by 2023. So I'm not worrying about any catastrophy scenarios, sorry folks. Oil may be a lot more expensive by then, but on the other hand I expect new sources of energy and new sources of oil to be made available. Perhaps prices will be around double of what they are today? In that case, the US will have gas prices that are still lower than those in Europe nowadays. Personally, I think I will do what I did back in 1984: I drove a car that was good, reliable transport and consumed 8 liters per 100 KM (= 29.5 MPG). 24 years ago, my car was a comfortable, parsimonious but loud and slow Citroen. Nowadays I drive a comfortable, parsimonious, fast and quiet Citroen. In 2032, I hope to drive a Citroen that gets me where I want to go in comfort, is fun and stimulating to drive, is pleasant to look at, sips gas, and reminds me that life is good.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Apr 21, 2008

    probably a lightly used 911