I feel your pain in the Hooniverse, I too shed a tear when Nissan went ahead and confirmed that the Nissan IDx was dead. Not just dead dead but “dead as a disco-music-loving vampire who got staked through the heart in 1980” dead. Deader than “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”. Deader than any chance of a sequel to L.A Noire that addresses all the plot holes. That dead.
But if we’re honest, even if it had been greenlit, we wouldn’t have bought it.
For what I’ve read in your comments (Thank you all by the way) most of you seem to be of the mind that financing a car is actually a rather ridiculous prospect. You buy a good that will lose a giant chunk of its value the second a wheel passes the dealership’s court, will keep leaking money like FIFA for the first couple of years or so and will be worth a fraction of what it was when it comes time to sell it. At which point the smart buyer shows up and snaps it from the schmuck who was seduced by the snazzy salesmen and the free muffin station on the dealership.
What does the used car buyer lose? Well, the smell of industrial adhesives and plastics decaying for the first few hundred miles, a warranty and he’ll have to bring his own muffins if he wants to have one during the buying process, but the massive savings because of the magic of depreciation will be more than worth it. He could even think for just a second that he can too afford the maintenance on that CL65 AMG with the ABC light on, that one just means that the voice control is on right? I won’t for a second try and say that it’s an unreasonable position. Especially coming from the fact that I’ve never bought a car new in my (admittedly very short) life. However, it does mean that we’re much less likely to get the cars we want.
It’d be easy to just take the latest example of the gearhead depreciation paradox and use it as a basis, so I will. The Toyota GT-86 , in all of its variations. We roared with excitement when it was announced and we were excited as hell when it was announced that it wasn’t going to be a million mile an hour car with clever active everything and bum-massage seats. Just a return to the traditional 2-door, rear wheel drive coupes we all know and love. No drama, no nonsense, just pure driving pleasure you can enjoy at legal speeds. Reviewers loved it, the public loved it, everyone loved it. Then it reached the people that were supposed to be buying them.
Only 200 horsepower?
Did you know that you can get a much more powerful Mustang GT for not much more?
I wanted a convertible.
My local dealerships don’t have gluten-free muffins.
All of a sudden all of the angry commenters on the Internet that were clamoring for it and swearing to Toyoda almighty that they would buy one because it was so perfect started nitpicking it and asking for something that was similar, yet entirely different. As a result, they won’t get those variations because the sales volume of the original is disappointing. But some of them will go ahead and say this lovely little line “I’d totally get one used.” Joy, you’re part of the problem. And it’s not just the Toyobaru. Wagons anyone? How about Manuals? Or any small, cheap roadster that’s not made by Mazda.
Now I know some of you are saying “I bought a Toyobaru brand new from the dealer because I wanted a car like this and someone finally had the guts to make it and I love every minute of it”. And I’d just like to say congratulations, let me commend you on the fact that you put your money where your keyboard is. May it serve you well for years to come. I’m pretty sure automakers would love it if there were more of you running around. Trouble is, there aren’t. And in a world where every new car has to comply with doorstopper upon doorstopper of regulations making sure it’s safe enough you can hit a pedestrian at 90 MPH without him being the worst for it. That it’s green enough that the planet actually cools down from you driving; and efficient enough that cyclists actually feel ashamed they don’t own one I’m afraid it just doesn’t make the tiniest bit of business sense to even attempt to cater to the internet gearhead demographic.
And yet Hyundai is building the Santa Cruz, a tall, small, Front wheel drive, diesel ute I specifically said would never ever ever get made. Oh crap, I’m part of the problem, I can’t buy it new. Whatever, it won’t come in brown anyway.