Generation X, we are told, has different automotive priorities than do we
dinosaurs Baby Boomers. Let’s see what they have in mind:
To quote the philosophical Kate Gosselin, when it comes to cars, it’s all about the kids. I like the Prius, but are you kidding me? I can’t cram five people into that car and drive 600 miles to Tennessee to see my sister Faith. That is, unless I want to arrive with children who have poked each other’s eyes out and bitten off each other’s phalanges. It wouldn’t be pretty. We need third rows.
So: a minivan using some variation of the Prius powertrain?
We will buy minivans as long as they don’t umm, look like minivans.
Although the guys have slightly different priorities:
Gen X men want cars that outrun Wile E. Coyote and go beep, beep. Actually, Gen X men want Tuckers at the 1948 price.
According to one source, the projected price of the Tucker was $2450, which was a bit on the high side for the day: the most expensive Chevrolet for ’48 — a Fleetmaster woody wagon — ran $2103.
Although they might prefer a slightly newer wagon:
Did you see Julie & Julia? Gen X wants the 1950 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon in which Julia Child knocked about Paris. Yep, Gen X wants a station wagon retrofitted with air bags, child restraint systems and the latest and greatest alternative fuel conversion kit.
Well, maybe, if it will fit in the garage. These behemoth Buicks sat on a 125-inch wheelbase and weighed somewhere on the far side of two tons.