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Unacceptability Index

Unacceptability Index

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Published by Andrew Reeves
A proof of concept.
The index is designed to inform the car-buying public what features they should expect, and except no less than, when buying a car new at the time of the index's publication.
For example, no matter how cheap a car may be, it would be unacceptable for it to not have at least 6 airbags, as even some extremely cheap cars offer this.
Furthermore, the influence of newly-released cars on the car industry is discussed. For example, if a cheap car is released with a feature that many more expensive cars do not offer, it adds pressure on these brands to do so. In this way, any car released can influence the entire car market.
Finally, the index, in keeping with its title, provides a list of cars which are deemed to be unacceptable.
It is still to be decided whether this final list of cars should be included in the final publication, as it may be more engaging to allow readers to apply the rules described in the document to any car they may be looking to purchase.
A proof of concept.
The index is designed to inform the car-buying public what features they should expect, and except no less than, when buying a car new at the time of the index's publication.
For example, no matter how cheap a car may be, it would be unacceptable for it to not have at least 6 airbags, as even some extremely cheap cars offer this.
Furthermore, the influence of newly-released cars on the car industry is discussed. For example, if a cheap car is released with a feature that many more expensive cars do not offer, it adds pressure on these brands to do so. In this way, any car released can influence the entire car market.
Finally, the index, in keeping with its title, provides a list of cars which are deemed to be unacceptable.
It is still to be decided whether this final list of cars should be included in the final publication, as it may be more engaging to allow readers to apply the rules described in the document to any car they may be looking to purchase.

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Published by: Andrew Reeves on Jan 06, 2013
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Unacceptability IndexFirst Edition [January 2013] R: 0 [06]Cars are deemed unacceptable if one or more of the following parameters apply to them:
 All features must be standard on all models and trim levels unless stated otherwise
 
 
Less than 6 airbags
 
Less than 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating
 
No ABS
 
No EBD
 
No Stability Control
 
Not all disc brakes
 
No Air-conditioning
 
Poor interior material qualities
 
All-plastic interiors are unacceptable only if the plastics are poor quality.
 
Leather, fabric/other weaves, soft-touch plastics, etc. are all examples of acceptablequality interior materials.
 
Poor interior look and feel
 
Refer to 'Discourse on Phenomena' for understanding what is meant by 'feel'.
 
Not all windows electric
 
No electric mirrors
 
Less than 4 speaker stereo, capable of producing decent sound quality (as defined by theconsumer)
 
No CD player
 
No Bluetooth and/or AUX inputAutomotive SociologyBig Influencers:
Suzuki Alto/Nissan Micra
Being launched with Break Assist as standard across all models has put pressure on more expensiveand larger class vehicles to do the same. For example, this means the base Alto, at $11,990, offers apiece of safety equipment that some $45,000+ cars do not.This has led to Brake Assist being added to the candidates of required features for future revisionsof the Unacceptability Index.
 
The Importance and History of Brake AssistResearch conducted in 1992 at the Mercedes-Benz driving simulator in Berlin revealed that morethan 90% of drivers fail to brake with enough force in emergency situations.In response, Mercedes-Benz developed a system in which the car determines how much braking isrequired based on the ferocity of the braking applied by the driver. The system was dubbed 'BAS',short for
B
rake
As
sist. The feature premièred on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W140) 1996 update.Since then, Mercedes-Benz have updated the system, dubbed BAS+, which uses radars to determinehow much braking is required.In 2007, the European Commission announced that they wanted Brake Assist to be standard on allmodels by 2009.Since 92, many other car makes have included the feature on their premium models, and itsvisibility has trickled down into many lower models as well.
 
Candidates of Future Required Features
Brake Assist
 This system has made a surprise entry into the mainstream car market after long being onlyavailable from luxury marques or safety gurus such as Mercedes-Benz or Volvo. However, thesystem is now standard across many of Australia's cheapest cars, and has made an appearance inbig-influencing car models such as the Series 2 current model Commodore. Despite this, many mid-range cars do not offer the feature.Why is it not unacceptable?Brake Assist has had minimal impact on the public consciousness, and is therefore not a highlysought after feature. This is predicted to change as value marques such as Suzuki and Nissan haverecently rolled out campaigns for their vehicles in which the importance of this feature ishighlighted.While in European regions the omission of Brake Assist as standard equipment would be consideredunacceptable, the index is about informing the Australian community what, at the very least, theycan expect, and settle no less for, in any car they wish to purchase.At present, the spread of the feature in the Australian car market is not sufficient for its omissionfrom any individual model to be considered unacceptable.

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