Initially, I was just going to ask a question but I couldn't think of a clever thread idea so thus I figured i'd turn this into an interesting-to-read kind of thread. The point really is just post up interesting facts about certain autos [at least in your own opinion] that not many people may know about.
-One thing I was thinking about recently is about the Honda Inspire and the Honda Accord.
-Unless im trippin, the Inspire costs more than the Accord in Japan. In America, we got the Honda ----Inspire as Acura Vigor and the first two generation Acura TL's, which naturally costs more than the Accord of the same vintage.
-However, now we get the Honda Accord as the Acura TSX (more $$) and the Honda Inspire as the Honda Accord (less $$) which I find very interesting.
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The 1995 to 1997 Toyota Previa used a supercharged 4 cylinder engine. The supercharger is not attached directly to the intake manifold of the engine. It is connected to the engine via a supplemental driveshaft that is nearly 2 feet long. The supercharger is engaged on-demand by an electromagnetic clutch, based on input from the ECU.
If you can't measure it, you can't understand it; if you can't understand it, you can't control it.
In 1985, GM introduced a brake system called Powermaster, which replaced the traditional vacuum booster with a system consisting of an electric motor, a gas-charged pressure accumulator and an electronic pressure switch. It was used on the Buick Grand National and some full-size station wagons. The system was an epic disaster that resulted in several recalls, and most owners chose to remove it and install a standard vacuum booster (which fortunately was possible with some modifications). The most interesting part is that the Toyota Prius uses almost the exact same design (except the Toyota version actually works!) because there's no source of vacuum when the gas engine isn't running.
The Ford F-150 with heavy-duty payload package is one of the only vehicles ever to offer a 7-lug wheel bolt pattern.
Chrysler offered an electronic fuel injection system in 1958! It didn't work well and few were produced, but it was an orderable option sold to the public. One car with the system has been fully restored to working condition. More here: http://www.allpar.com/cars/desoto/electrojector.html
The 1970s GMC factory-built motorhomes are FWD and mechanically related to the Cadillac Eldorado.
Our first-gen Scion xB was sold in Japan as the Toyota bB. However, our second-gen xB is a JDM model called the Corolla Rumion. There is a second-gen Toyota bB in Japan that was never sold here.
The car we knew as the 1988-93 Pontiac LeMans is still built and sold in Uzbekistan as the Daewoo Nexia.
The AMC Pacer was originally supposed to have a rotary engine that would be developed as a joint venture between AMC and GM. When the first energy crisis hit, GM gave up on the idea and left AMC hanging, without enough funding to complete the project. This is why the AMC I-6 barely fits in the engine bay of the Pacer -- it wasn't originally designed to be there.
IIRC the 66 Triumph gt6 was thr first car with a rear window defroster.
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The second-gen bB was more curvaceous and was also badge engineered to be a Daihatsu and Subaru as well.
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Volkswagen was 99% of the way to releasing the Rallye Golf here in the US as the "GTI Rallye". It was going to be a 1990 model.They had a color list (which was Tornado Red, Black, and a color not offered commercially in Europe, but on models for racing, Alpine White). They also had developed US spec headlights, and regular, untinted US spec tail lights (no GTIs in the US at the time had smoked tails). It used Corrado side markers. THe body shell, being a G60, already had the glued-in windshield and US crash standard frame rails (for strength), so it just needed minor adaptations.
The man who was spearheading the campaign (can't recall his name) died on Pan Am Flight 103. He did actually succeed in bringing over the Corrado G60.
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I agree: to avoid a rare daily driver thread-esque meltdown, sales statistics don't count as "interesting."
I desperately want a Honda Motocompo: the Honda City's trunk was built around fitting this tiny, foldable scooter.
Here it is in the trunk of the City:
Gratuitious 80s commercial:
This isn't very earth-shattering, but I only recently learned how the Saab 900's hood opened, which is pretty unconventional:
Try jumping to 4 minutes in--sorry to waste everyone else's time! Thought my little url hack worked and I guess it didn't.
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