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A car that would have many things that could be personalized..for example the dashboard could be topped off with a new design skin..kinda like cell phone skins. You can do the same with steering wheel, mirror, stereo, gear. A person could buy a pack..and turn their car into something new and it could
be done every few years to get a new car feeling. It has to be easy to do so people can just change them in a matter of minutes, not take it to the mechanic.
"new car smell" may be toxic
[krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
GM's "Autonomy" skateboard chassis concept
Interchangeable bodies attach to a 6-inch thick drive-by-wire fuel cell chassis [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
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||Paint and/or colored saran wrap would do this. Otherwise you can buy aftermarket parts that completely change your car (literally a totally new interior, seats, dash, carpet, etc.).
||One problem though: how would you get the new-car smell that's so important to the new car feel?
||Watch out, some studies have been done that suggest that what we know as "new car smell" is actually toxic to humans. (see link)
||Yes, it addles your brain into thinking of a new car as an <finger quotes>"in-vest-ment<finger quotes>.
||I'm real sorry moonjet but this is baked (please don't hurt me) this idea has already been incorporated into the SmartCar which I think is made by BMW. Although it's only the outside body panelling that can be customized. The dash board things a different matter though. (+) And how about having customisable gear sticks and hand brakes. Example: a banana gear stick.
||Saturn's new Ion has roof rails, and interior trim peices that can be changed to suit your taste, and I beleive all can be changed by the owner with minimal effort