@East_coast - I did not know about Magna. Who do they work with?
So, you order the car with a ' standard primary function body ie 4 door passenger sedan lets say, but you can also order easily added/removed modular body parts/tubs/doors etc that interchange from a sedan, to a coupe, or a convertible saloon, or a pick up truck, or a Baja beach buggy or a MPV/wagon etc or whatever you feel like that weekend, month or year.
Here is an actual patent from 1987-1989 of the multi vehicle body idea, so it isnt a new idea, but it explains what I mean. > https://patents.google.com/patent/US4842326A/en
To have one drivetrain/chassis that just needs software and simple customer interchangeable body panels would be the best thing since sliced bread! . How exciting would it be if you could easily swap out your existing car body type and change it easily with off the shelf quick release and fit ( modular ) exterior body parts!. That's what I want to see in the near future, which will greatly rationalise the core industry culling the need for so many car makers, to just body part suppliers and maybe a handful of chassis/Drivetrain makers. In theory, we'd be going back to how horse drawn carriages were made, ie you bought the rolling stock first and then commissioned a coach builder to build the body.
So, an opportunity lost.......... this time.
Last edited by Skyhook; 07-12-2019 at 05:08 AM.
Doubt any of that would pass modern safety and emissions standards. Can't have people adding in stuff to their cars willy nilly, and 99.9% of people wouldn't want to anyway.