What happened to sedans?

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  1. CitizenOfDreams

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    The other thread got me thinking about car body styles...

    Back in the past, a typical sedan car had a long trunk that looked like this:

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    A typical modern day sedan looks pretty much the same as a hatchback. The trunk barely sticks out, if at all:

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    "Long trunk" sedans seem to be pretty much non-existent today. A few exceptions such as Lincoln Towncar are mostly used for taxi/limo service; general public rarely drives one of them.

    So my question is - what caused the demise of the "long trunk" sedan style? :dunno:
     
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    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

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    Well easier to back up and park without 90 feet of trunk.
     

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    Found something else to haul the bodies in?
     
  4. CitizenOfDreams

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    My 1995 Continental (long trunk) is only 4 inches longer than the 2013 Taurus (short trunk). And people don't seem to have any problems with buying pickup trucks that are 2-3 feet longer than my Lincoln (and have much worse visibility).:dunno:
     
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    Why would you want a long trunk? Isn't that space better utilized as part of the passenger compartment?
     
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    SC Tiger As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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    Three things:

    1) Fuel efficiency/aerodynamics - the short trunk is more aerodynamic, especially if paired with a long, sloping rear window.

    2) This ties into #1 - reduced size/weight of the car for fuel efficiency. Cars have, in general, gotten smaller.

    3) Fuel tank location - most cars like you pictured had the fuel tank located behind the rear axle with the filler door often behind the license plate. The trunk was on top of it. With the increase in emphasis on crash safety the fuel tank has been re-located (often beneath the rear seat) with the rear "axle" behind it, which means less overhang is necessary. Many cars now have either a spare tire where the tank was or the trunk decends down there.
     
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    Make a car impractical for hauling anything so more trucks/SUVs are sold.
     
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    My parents used to have a '72 Pontiac Bonneville.

    The only problem they ever had was when they were driving down the East Coast, towards Daytona Beach.

    Seems an A4 Skyhawk driver mistook that Bonneville for the USS Nimitz, and tried to land on it.

    If it hadn't been for that 5'-1" Mom of mine waving the guy off, I think he woulda made a successful landing.
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    They were ugly.
     
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    ...and had understeer that would make an eighteen wheeler proud. It's an era of automobile design that has passed with innumerous good reasons. HH
     
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    I like my sedan. :cool: Well, close enough.

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    Not always. I use the trunk much more often than the back seat (I guess I'm not much of a people person).
     
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    What could possibly be better than the trunk of a sedan? No smells, no stains or scratches on the seat leather, no nosy neighbor kids...
     
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    I don't know. Our short trunk Camry has plenty of room and the back seat is comfy, whereas the Crown Vic's have long trunks and awful rear seat room. Big trunks aren't necessary nowadays. The SUV took the place of the big trunk.
     
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    You are supposed to feel uncomfortable on the back seat of a Crown Vic. :cop:
     
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    Sitting on cuffs will do that. Seriously, though...big trunk sedans went out with drive-in theaters. What's the point of a trunk big enough to sneak in a bunch of friends for a venue that doesn't exist anymore? HH
     
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    Just because the trunk looks stubby doesn't necessarily mean the trunk has less space. Most cars like the Caddy pictured, the rear windshield is almost vertical. On newer cars the rear windshield slopes toward the back of the car, and the rear wheels are pushed as close to the back of the car as possible for better handling. But the trunk is still usually fairly deep (admittedly on most cars, not as cavernous as a 60's-70's car), even though the trunklid is short.