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Thread: Will new cars have the hood welded shut?

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    I completely agree with NightHunter. Most people arn't going to like the idea, dealers will certainly take advantage of the oportunity to screw the customer, and volvo should be smarter than this... but they are not is appears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aultl
    Volvo's new concept car for women has the hood welded shut so only a volvo mechanic can get inside.
    Only a Volvo mechanic with an angle grinder??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laidback
    Only a Volvo mechanic with an angle grinder??
    I know what you mean. Yeah, um, nobody is going to design a car with the hood "welded shut." That's just stupid engineering. Instead a one piece hood/fender assembly is more likely, much like front wheel drive drag cars.

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    My guess is the whole front body comes off. I don't know what kind of impact this would have on unibody design...

    "The whole front of the car is moulded in one piece which can be removed only by a Volvo mechanic."

    I'd find a way into it if i ever bought one, though I will never buy one...
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    As it is, newer volvos require a "dealer key" to turn off the "check engine light" after an oil change. I think the light turns on when you are supposed to have it changed. Stupid.

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    It's a concept. The point is to showcase possible new and different approaches to design and implementation.

    Here's an line that may have been overlooked...

    "Volvo will never actually take this car into production, of course."

    Think of it as more of an extreme case study of what a group of female engineers (not airheads as someone put it) would change about the common idea and perception of auto design...

    -Randomtask

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    I disagree curitously. I have met plenty of female engineers and they are much more interested in their cars than "windshield washer fluid." My mother wouldn't even like that idea. That's my two cents.

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    "Volvo will never actually take this car into production, of course."
    Thanks God!

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    I guess I should clarify... I'm not stating that female engineers would only be interested in their windshield washer fluid, I'm simply disagreeing with the characterization of the involved women as "airheads." I work with plenty of female engineers and I know this isn't the case.

    What I'm getting at is the fact that this concept was most likely based on market research with a female target and combined with a female perspective on new and creative ideas in car design. That information was then implemented by a team of female engineers.

    On another note... What kind of reaction would you expect when posting a topic about a "tinker-proof" automobile on a forum saturated with people who disassemble everything in their path on a near-daily basis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomtask
    I guess I should clarify... I'm not stating that female engineers would only be interested in their windshield washer fluid
    They're not even interested in that - because it doesn't smell nice and isn't kind to their hands!!

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