Cry A Meriva

cry a meriva

The production version of the new Opel Meriva will keep the concept’s suicide doors, say Carscoop. Nope, no stylish, efficient people movers in the GM stable. Keep moving people. Nothing to see here.

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  • Eh_political Eh_political on Dec 23, 2008

    Rough in parking lots, but on the other hand those suicide doors would be a godsend for parents struggling with car seats, or anyone struggling with a big bulky object to load. Overall a nice vehicle, and an obvious midsize sedan replacement for many young families or smart people. I added the second category, because I think GM is wise to refrain from introducing "new" at this time. The Astra is a solid vehicle, worthy in many ways. I wouldn't consider one, because as RF pointed out prior to it's launch in NA, it was destined to fail. GM must pare the products it offers to the bone, and only return to innovation when the consumer is open minded and paying attention again. Possibly cars will be hovering at that point, I can't say...

  • Gfen Gfen on Dec 23, 2008

    Suicide/clamshell doors are assy for loading kids, because I inevitably have to do it in the parking lots where the awkwardness of the doors is a serious PITA. Sliding doors are _awesome_. That's why my wife won't drive the Element, but drives the Mazda5.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.