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[翻译]Mark Phelan——晚安了,六人座轿车。  

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Good Night Sweet Six-Seat Sedan


The Freep’s Mark Phelan identifies yet another vanishing automotive phenomenon: the six-seater sedan. He notes


The Chevrolet Impala is the only six-person sedan you can buy. Other sedans — regardless of how big they are — have front bucket seats rather than the three-person front bench seat that was once common…


Chevrolet is weighing whether to build a six-seat version of the next Impala. Weighing against it, the car will probably be narrower than the current model. It’s based on GM’s Epsilon II global platform. It’s roomy, but probably not enough to fit three comfortably across up front.


About a quarter of Impalas sold last year were six-seaters…It probably makes sense for Chevrolet to concentrate on giving the next Impala a comfortable and attractive front seat that appeals to the other 75% of its buyers and wins some new customers.


I’m sure that front benches bring back a host of memories for TTAC’s Best and Brightest (mine is of grabbing the Hurst floor shifter in my dad’s 1966 F-100 with both hands and clunking from gear to gear on the way to the dump), and yet somehow I’m guessing that not many will agitate for its return. Like tape decks and carburetor tune-ups, the nostalgia of sitting between two other people in front seat might have a certain appeal in reminiscences, but anyone who actually transports six people regularly these days just buys a crossover. And guess what: the kids might be robbed of valuable future nostalgia (replaced by reruns of Spongebob Squarepants on the rear-seat entertainment system), but neither they nor their parents are likely to choose to go back. And so, we march onward, into an unfamiliar future…

 


Freep的Mark Phelan指出有一种汽车文化正在消失——前排三人座布局。他写道:


雪佛兰Impala是现在市面售的仅存的有前排三人座的车了。其它的车,不论多大,前排都是两个桶座而不是一个三人大长凳。


雪佛兰在权衡下一代Impala还造不造前排三人座版本。如果不做,估计会比现款更窄。此车基于通用的Epsilon II全球平台,空间大,但是恐怕不够前排舒舒服服地坐上三人。


去年销售的Impala有大约1/4是六人座版本。这个数字大概就可以力挺雪佛兰致力于在下一代Impala里提供舒适的吸引人的前座给另外那75%没买前排三人座的消费者,以赢得新的顾客。


我敢肯定前排三人长凳内给人带去TTAC的最好最光明的回忆(我的记忆是在去倒东西的路上用父亲的1966年福特F-100练车,用双手抓手动地档档杆一档一档换档),此外不知怎的我猜没有多少人会特别鼓动它回来。比如磁带箱和化油器调节什么的,在前排中座坐着的情结是一种强烈的怀旧,但如今“要载多人用大型车就行了,小轿车往载人数方面操什么心?”小孩子被剥夺了体验这种有价值的有未来的传统文化的权利,取而代之的是在后座看DVD,可是如今不论他们还是他们的爹妈都不倾向于让前排三人座这种传统回来。就这样,我们被迫向前,走进一个陌生的未来……

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