Another bang from the past, this: the much-lauded but penultimately and then ultimately rather awful Chrysler Stratus.
Whenever I get a chance I take random bike rides or walks around Basel. For many Anglo-Saxons it’s an unknown city, perhaps one that causes confusion as it reminds them of silly toff first names or green leafed herbs used in pesto. Perhaps it suggests a certain degree of Mittel-European obscurity. To some Switzerland is a bit obscure and Basel is a part of that, making it extra exotic.
Basilians are humans too and some have made mistakes such as buying this specimen. I expect it is now a cube of metal and dents in a yard of crushed cars. I saw it last July, 2016. I doubt the rear windscreen was ever fixed.
I gave this car about three minutes of my time as I trickled down to the sparkling river. You can get a good views of the cathedral promontory from the promenade and avoid a bad view of the horrid conference centre and Ciba’s affronting towers which have sprung up to ruin a view as old as the Rhine. Bad cars come and bad cars go but bad buildings are for life. I had the good luck to see the view from the Dom before they built the towers but it’s hard to remember the view with pleasure now.
We read about the Kia Opirus a few days back: both cars are in the ‘more for less category’. However, decades later, Chrysler is barely able to make a saloon and Kia are barely able to keep up with demand. Thought-agitating that?
Cab-forward? Why did anyone really think that enclosing a cubic metre of space ahead of the driver was a good idea?