Cars don’t change much. We think they do but they don’t really. The addition of parking sensors or Bluetooth connectivity or whatever else that wows a customer into buying the next model is garnish because when you check under the bonnet, the manufacturer hasn’t normally made much of change, if any.
What we have noticed with modern cars are things that are disappearing from them, for example – the spare wheel. If you spec a car now you’ll normally have to buy a spare tyre as an optional extra. The normal thing for car makers to do now is to supply their new cars without a spare tyre and instead give owners a can of foam that can be used to bring a punctured tyre back to life long enough to get you home.
For years, cars came with those small “get you home” wheels. They were a compromise that stopped owners from driving at full speed and were intended to get you back on the road quickly but not permanently. Those tyres were smaller and lighter so they saved space and weight. Getting rid of those saves even more space and more weight but we reckon the lack of a spare tyre is more to do with manufacturers cutting costs to maximise profits.
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