To All Car Makers;
I would really like you to think about making cars for the American family. Something that can carry mom and dad and the two teens, one of whom is six foot four, plus a thanksgiving meal in the trunk. It needs to navigate the dirt road to grandma's house without scraping on a few rocks. It needs to get good gas mileage, at least 45 mpg (on gas!) and we don't mind too much if it's also a hybrid. The gas mileage is vastly important. clearance should be 6 inches or more. yes, a car.
Once or twice a year, and for some families, ten times a year, we want to be able to take the car fully loaded with people over the rough roads of our national forests for a camping trip. During three quarters of the year we need to be able to get our kids to school over speed bumps, pot holes, and drain channels. We need to go up steep hills and ford flooding sections of our everyday roads in the rains. a sedan that can do this, please.
We really don't need on-star and other fancy gadgets so much as we need heat on our feet and air conditioning on our chests. But we are not all the same, so we need to be able to manually control these to our individual comfort levels.
And we want to roll down the windows on summer days going down the highway, so get rid of that whumpa-whumpa presently driving us crazy.
Now, when I say car, I mean sedan, not SUV, not Jeep, not other big rigs. Something James can take his girl to the prom in…..no, not fancy. Easy to get into while wearing a $300 fancy gown. The tires have to be "standard" to withstand all those previously mentioned excursions, not those useless low-profile tires that can't handle even one speed bump without damaging the car.
Oh, and make the battery work well in very cold winters. American mothers are entirely practical, not into the "sporty racer" look at all. Try it. We'll buy it.
You know, the old VW bug was totally successful. Susan