As cars are getting more modern every year, we've been starting to see a various features that were once common start to disappear.
Some for the better, some for the worse. It's a fact: cars are becoming more complicated.
The days of simplicity are, well, over.
Take, for example, probably the most controversial is the manual transmission. That's because there are so many people who appreciate the engagement of depressing the clutch and shifting the car into gear. The age of dual-clutch transmissions and superior automatics is upon us and that's because they shift faster, and help the vehicle get better MPGs.
But there are many more simple features disappearing. Remember the following:
- Wind-me-down windows?
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Recently, Ford made a surprising announcement: It is adding radio knobs to its hi-tech component control system MyFord Touch. That's a retreat from cutting-edge to old technology -- a man-bites-dog scenario you don't often see in the auto business. And don't expect to see it any more often in the future...
...What's next? Are we going to see a return to ribbon speedometers, hub-mounted transmission buttons, or three-on-a-tree gear shifters? Not likely. In fact, the industry is moving in a different direction; many of the features that drivers of a certain age find familiar are dying out or already dead. Here's a partial list...