How cars have changed. Go to any auto meet or automotive buff vintage auto show and you can gander “real cars”. Cars of the 40, 50 and even 60’s had character, were definitely distinct as well as being made out of “real metal” not just plastic that crumbles on any impact leaving you staring at auto parts and components laden just under and around impact Styrofoam in the sides and behind the bumper. What ever happened to cars you might say? What am I paying for on top of that? A piece of plastic so to speak.
The joke about tinny Japanese automobiles used to be that if you were locked out “Where is the can opener”? Now the can opener would be overkill. Older cars had real metal solid chromed metal bumpers. Not any more.
It can be said that a “typical” standard family automobile product has more than 14,000 parts composed of an ever increasing and even exotic array of materials.
It used to be that cars were made up mainly of metal, rubber, upholstery materials as some electrical wires and components. Not any more. Who on earth knows what materials and type of material components are under your hood and in your car, truck or SUV?
The heart of any automobile product is a motor – gasoline powered strictly or a diesel engine or perhaps today a hybrid gas / electric energy efficient engine. With the development of computer modules in vehicles, cars more and more for …