DailyDirt: More Plastic Cars

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It’s been a while since the Pontiac Fiero was considered a “radical” car. If you don’t remember it, the Fiero had a plastic body — which some folks said made it unsafe (even though owners of it were more likely to be injured from an engine fire). Plastic cars have continued to improve, and here are just a few more car parts that are being made from environmentally-friendly plastic.

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Companies: bridgestone, pontiac

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Violated (profile) says:

Printing

I expect to see cars available for download over the next few years. This would be done lawfully under Creative Commons which would mean free to use at home but any commercial sales needs a license agreement.

This one act would kick off a major billion dollar market. The local showrooms and factories would gain when they would have the huge 3D printers and can handle colours, mods and upgrades which would win over the home market.

Tom Landry (profile) says:

The Fiero….ugh.

I drove several when they had first come out. I can’t remember a more cheap feeling vehicle outside of the Dodge Omni/Charger 2+2 family at the time (The special edition Shelby’s were high comedy….several interior trim pieces vibrated off including the rear view mirror). Compare the similar Toyota MR2 during that period and its night and day. Tight, solid, nimble and fun. Fiero was none of these things. There isn’t a better example of why the American car industry ended up a sad joke that is just now starting to get its head out of its ass.

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