Saturday, September 21, 2013
A collision industry trade magazine of this month provided some look into the near future stating that cars would soon be downsized, made lighter and more fuel efficient, with major changes in electronics and construction materials. It said that by 1985, 85% of all cars in America would be front wheel drive with transverse engines and unibody construction. The prediction was largely true. By 1985, most cars had downsized, had unibody construction (which dramatically changed the collision repair industry) and had front wheel drive with transverse-mounted engines. However, the drive to reduce weight through innovative construction materials would need to wait until 2008 and new federal fuel economy standards enacted by the Obama administration.