|An old-fashioned car door handle. Even covered with ice and snow, you can get a good grip on it and pull when you need to.|
|Car-door handles as they are made today. The flimsy little panel tilts upward unlatching the door so that, under ideal conditions (no ice), the door opens easily. It does not afford pulling on the door.|
Camera shows a woman scraping thick ice off her windshield in a freezing wind. With some difficulty she unlocks the door and tries to open it, but the flimsy faux-handle tilts upward, unlatching the door which is frozen shut. The dome light comes on but there’s nothing to grip to pull the door open. Exasperated, she says; “Oh, no, please! I’m late for work!” and starts trying to pry the pry the door open with her ice scraper, chipping the paint.
Just then a clean-cut man in a suit and tie walks up carrying a clipboard. He is smiling and magically appears warm and comfortable;
“Good morning, maam! How are you today?” Before she can answer he launches into his spiel: “I’m from XYZ car company, and we’re taking a survey of the features consumers want on our next model car! Do you want GPS navigation? A twelve-speaker stereo? A DVD player?”
The astonished woman drops the ice scraper, grabs his necktie, and pulls him eye-to-eye with her:
I want a real #@!!!% car door handle I can pull on!!!
Camera cuts to survey guy standing next to a frozen car in a parking lot. He looks like he’s been beaten up by a dozen or so car owners. He smiles weakly at the camera; “Introducing the 2008 XYZ Urban – a car with real door handles!”
Survey guy pulls on the handle, there’s an ice-crunching noise, and the door opens. He gets in and closes the door, and looks at the camera through the window. His voice is muffled but we hear him say loudly; “So you can pull the #@!!!% door open when you need to!” (drives away)
- All my old cars had real door handles – all my Beetles, my ‘67 Dodge Coronet 440, my ‘66 Rambler Classic, my ‘68 Fiat 124.
- I’m pretty fond of wind-wings, too.
- How about simple light and wiper controls on the dash instead of some complicated, multi-functional stalk on the steering column?
- Anyone have any other suggestions?