QOTD: What Did You Learn?
Tim Cain’s Thursday rundown of observations and conclusions about the automotive industry spanned the gamut, and yours truly couldn’t agree more with his view that extended cab pickups boast the most pleasing profile in the segment. Few things look odder to these eyes than a full-size crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed.
He’s bang-on about the Acura RDX, too.
Unlike that 30- or 40-something friend whose politics remain frozen in time from their first semester of college, the passage of years normally brings about an evolution of views. Things change — allegiances, likes, dislikes, and even guilty pleasures. Discoveries abound that alter how we think. Each calendar year brings about at least a few realizations about society, the world around us, and how we interact with it, and the same goes for something like the auto industry.
With 2019 nearly at an end, what have you learned this past year?
It needn’t be something technical; rather, your discovery is far more likely to be of a personal nature. Something about yourself. Maybe you really didn’t want a manual after all. Maybe — just maybe — you’ve discovered the pros of an automatic outweigh the cons in daily driving.
Perhaps your long-held dislike of nerdy electric vehicles and the green-tech fan club that surrounds them fell away when Ford introduced an electric crossover with a pony badge. Unlike this time last year, maybe you can now see yourself in one. Perhaps the looming EV surge has you more than ever planning to buy that budget classic you’ve always wanted, in the hopes that whatever future government comes into power will at least let you keep that one ICE vehicle. Seeing what Europe’s up to these days, it’s not a crazy thought.
It’s possible new model introductions over the past year generated newfound respect or admiration for an automaker you previously wrote off as something that would never find a home in your driveway. Just as easily, you may have fallen out of love with an automaker that made one too many poor product decisions.
So, B&B, as you relax with your meatless burgers and Bud Prohibition Brew, what thoughts stand out from 2019? What did you learn about the industry… or yourself?
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