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Why and how the 3rd-generation Ford Ka turned out to become a failed attempt to a introduce a modern spiritual successor for the Ford Model T?
Wednesday, September 06, 2023
The underbone frame for instance, made it attractive for East Asian and Southeast Asian women, as it was much easier for them to ride it while wearing traditional attires which often include long skirts. Not to the same extent of modern scooters with an usually flat floor, yet easier than in a regular motorcycle with its conventional frame. For many women, in Western countries too, the Honda Cub turned out to be their first experience with motorcycles.
With an automatic clutch, novice riders in general tended to be more at ease, and it also became favored by motorcycle couriers in Japan and even in other countries as it allowed the rider to eventually handle some materials with the vehicle still moving. It was also possible to keep the 1st gear engaged with the motorcycle stopped during a delivery, so the courier would be able to depart faster to the next stop. Odd enough, in Brazil the C100 Dream and its replacemens were never favored by motorcycle couriers, yet a similar engine with a manual clutch is now used in a bare-bones motorcycle which is now quite usual among motorcycle couriers due to its (competitively) low price.
With bigger wheels than a scooter, the Honda Cub also tended to cope better with rugged terrain, which makes it an easy choice in 3rd-world countries, both in urban areas and rural regions. Among the many derivatives of the Honda Cub, there are trail models too, which are actually more favored by recreative riders than those who use a small motorcycle for daily commuting. Easy to ride, fuel-efficient and able to cope with some of the harshest environmental conditions, no wonder the Cub is a best-seller.
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Volkswagen and some attempts to get rid of naturally-aspirated engines since 2003: why the Virtus is an example of turbocharging being far from one-size-fits-all?
The presence of a turbocharger might not be a maintenance nightmare at all, yet it does have its fair share of complexity due to the high temperatures a turbocharger tends to operate and how it may require a stricter observance of the minimum specifications for motor oil. Sure using a lower-grade oil in a modern naturally-aspirated engine may not be a good recommendation at all, and neither adapting a carburettor instead of the electronic fuel injection like it often happens in Argentina as the do-it-yourself culture is still quite common there and inviting to some makeshift, even though it may lead to other electronic systems to fail considering the greater integration between the engine management system, some accessories, and safety devices such as ABS brakes and traction and stability controls. It's also worth to notice in some countries the Virtus was introduced only with manual transmission and the 1.6 MSI engine, such as South Africa where it's sourced from India and named Polo Sedan instead, and its powertrain contrasts with the all-turbo lineup and the availability of the DSG transmission for the South African Polo hatchback.