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May 6, 2014 10:25AM
Who's definition of fail?  Digital instrument panels are fairly norm these days.  Plenty of cars have headlight washers.  CD based nav gave way to DVD based nav.  Automatic headlight dimmers are a feature on many cars to this day.  From what I remember, automatic seat belts were really more of an interim technology as airbag technology and cost came into play.  Others aren't fails, just a feature at the time was overcome by newer technology.  Wouldn't really call those fails.  There are a few of course, but the premise of this article is way off.
May 9, 2014 7:57AM
Just about every success or invention is based on numerous failures.  Where would we be if fear of failure kept us from dreaming?   
May 10, 2014 10:51AM
The Chrysler turbine cars were not a failure due to a hot exhaust. One simple search on the internet and you can find videos of people standing and holding their hands up to the exhaust pipe with no problems.

Same goes for the engine noise.

Indeed, these were initially problems that Chrysler engineers had to overcome when building the cars and making them usable for the street. But they overcame those issues and several more and built a car that was reliable, drivable, and entirely suitable for the street.

I think the only issue was the fuel mileage and that was something they were working on when the project was scrapped.

MSN. You need to get CAR people to write these articles for you. Every time you publish one of these you embarrass yourselves! Any 16 year old car nut could do a better job.

May 10, 2014 6:23AM
Just another stupid story from the MSN Auto morons that don't know what they are talking about!
May 10, 2014 10:14AM

I hated motorized mousebelts.

The seatbelt ignition interlock was easily defeated by fastening the seatbelt behind you.

I still prefer a set of round instrument gauges instead of LED readouts.

May 6, 2014 9:48AM
Digital instrument panels? I thought all new cars basically came with those.
May 9, 2014 5:57AM
Is there something wrong these days with using the word "failure" as a noun?
May 10, 2014 10:29AM
The push button trans control in Chryslers were perfect. Excellent for drag racing. Ford put the screws to Chrysler by putting in middle of wheel and people were to stupid to see the difference. The article gives the indication Chryslers were no good also, which shows how much these idiots know about cars.
May 10, 2014 4:57AM
May 8, 2014 4:37PM
The idea of a turbine powered car might not be as far fetched as you think. Today we have much better and quieter turbine engines, plus sound proofing technology is a lot better than it use to be. And there are road vehicles that use turbines. The M! Abrams tank for instance, use GE turbine engines for power, a smaller version could certainly be adopted to cars. Those cars that have them would probably be ultra-expensive, but with wealthy car buyers willing to dish out 1 million or more for exotic and exclusive cars, the idea of a turbine powered super car is certainly possible. 
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