July 23rd, 2009 5:33 PM Share
Christopher Knittel of UC Davis made this graph of trends in the Honda Accord’s weight, horsepower, torque and fuel economy since its introduction. His entire report Automobiles on Steroids: Product Attribute Trade-Offs and Technological Progress in the Automobile Sector is available for download in PDF format from UC Davis. The data kind of speaks for itself though, doesn’t it?
Published July 22nd, 2009 1:57 PM
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This all happened when the CAFE rules went into a deep freeze in the mid-80s.
I have been working on the same platform for 18 years. In that time the /base/ model has gained IRS 280 kg 6 speed auto instead of 5 speed manual HVAC instead of a heater CD 6 speaker system instead of 2 speaker radio 50% more power 16 inch wheels instead of 14s the body is twice as stiff in torsion airbags big brakes electric glass, electric seats, elctric mirrors big improvements in emissions and five star crash etc etc The price has increased by 50% in dollar terms, almost exactly the same as inflation, 2.6 %pa (part of that is tax changes of course). In normal use I don't think the fuel consumption has shifted much (it might be a little better), the performance certainly has.