RonDawg wrote:Unibody construction is not new for vans, not even American vans. The Dodge "Tradesman" and "Sportsman" B-series vans built from 1971 to 2003 are unibody. Same with the first and second generation Ford Econolines.
And don't mistake "unibody" for "car-like" as they are not the same. The vans I mentioned above do NOT have a car-like drive quality to them at all. Conversely, there have been many body-on-frame luxury cars (the Lincoln Town Car being the last in production) with smooth rides.
That's really the whole point. Similarities don't make vehicles the same. Crossovers aren't really just taller station wagons. Taller has a big aerodynamic penalty. There are guys making their gasoline powered cars get over 100mpg just by improving the aerodynamics. (e.g. AeroCivic.) it seems as engine efficiency improves the general population is happy with 25-30mpg by making that car taller and less aerodynamic, counteracting any improvement in engine efficiency. Trying to sell bigger taller cars as SUV's with car-like fuel economy is a scam in my opinion.
One of the big reasons I got my Leaf is I wanted a car that gets better fuel economy than my 1985 Golf diesel. Yes, that car spews thick clouds of black death, but it also gets over 50mpg even after 500,000 miles! It's 2018 for crying out loud and people still think a 30mpg crossover that's going to last 200,000 is acceptable! The Aptera got 125mpg. The VW XL1 got 250mpg. And yet when any other car starts to get more than 30, it's almost like people demand that the car be made bigger and heavier so that it gets less than the 30mpg mark again or they will look for a bigger and heavier one that does!