Could the American car really change?

In devising Ford Motor’s next family vehicle, designers thought urban loft instead of McMansion.

That’s because the car-like Edge, (see the photo), a new kid hauler that’s critical to the financially troubled company, is 7 inches shorter and 367 pounds lighter than the archetypal SUV that reigned last decade, the Ford Explorer.

Source: – Do these wheels make my car look compact?

On my recent visit to Canada, I noticed, (or maybe I was more aware) of smaller vehicles on the streets.  This felt radically different to when I first moved to Canada back in 2001, when driving down the streets of Vancouver in anything smaller than an SUV felt like a  you were looking up to everyone else! Smaller cars mean less fuel and less pollution, it’s got to be a good thing.


Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.