GM EV1Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. We're not sure how that applies to the GM EV1, but we'd still like to share something from Autoline Daily, an online automotive new show with our friend John McElroy. He's been covering the business for decades now and recently found something interesting: pictures of the 1984 Chevrolet Citation IV concept, seen above.

Displayed half a decade before the first electric concept that would become the EV1 (inset), McElroy says it's now clear that the elegant, aerodynamic EV1 took a lot of styling cues from the Citation IV, which was developed in part thanks to GM's new-at-the-time Aerodynamics Laboratory. We agree with him that the spats over the rear wheels, the flush glass, and the covered headlights all bear a certain kind of similarity between the two cars. That the colors almost match is a nice coincidence. The Impact (the concept version of the EV1) looked "frumpier," McElroy says, because it wasn't as long as the Citation.

You can read a lot more about the Citation IV here and check out McElroy's thoughts in the video below. Find the Citation starting at around 3:45.



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      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      Anyone who complains about our national debt had better be driving one of these or riding a bike. The amount of fuel that we use (export dollars), security, and wars to ensure we have cheap oil is causing the debt to go up and the economy to suffer as we now have to pay lots of interest and get nothing for it. Just so a few hundred million people can drive big cars and trucks that get less than 100 mpg.
      Warren
      • 2 Days Ago
      Engineers have known how to design an efficient car body since the 1930s at least. The public has no interest in efficient designs. As long as fuel and credit are cheap they will buy conestoga wagons. When it no longer is, they will walk.
        Spec
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Warren
        Well, fuel is no longer so cheap and people are definitely interested in aerodynamic models. Keep in mind that is an evolutionary thing. Compare the average car today to the average car in the 1970s and you'll see that they are much better. But there is definitely room for improvement. And Tesla, Prius, and the Volt are moving in the right direction.
      Warren
      • 2 Days Ago
      Actually, gas is very cheap in central Virginia...for those with the money. As my dad was fond of saying about the Depression, "Movies were only a nickel, if you had a nickel."
      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      Anyone who complains about our national debt had better be driving one of these or riding a bike. The amount of fuel that we use (export dollars), security, and wars to ensure we have cheap oil is causing the debt to go up and the economy to suffer as we now have to pay lots of interest and get nothing for it. Just so a few hundred million people can drive big cars and trucks that get less than 100 mpg.
      rü$╫
      • 4 Months Ago
      I always thought it was funny that general motors would name a car a citation...especially one that couldent get you a citation for speeding, more likely a ticket for being hideous.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 4 Months Ago
      The Citation looked much better than the EV1, and it may well have been lower Cd, as well. They should put a modern EV drivetrain in it, and the required safety engineering - and sell it!
        danfred311
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        I don't agree. The Impact had much better styling but it could be done better than both. At least one automaker in the entire world should have an actually aerodynamic car. Perish the thought.
        danfred311
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        I don't agree. The Impact had much better styling but it could be done better than both. At least one automaker in the entire world should have an actually aerodynamic car. Perish the thought.
        Spec
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        It is still pretty wonky looking. But make something like it.
        danfred311
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        I don't agree. The Impact had much better styling but it could be done better than both. At least one automaker in the entire world should have an actually aerodynamic car. Perish the thought.
      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      Anyone who complains about our national debt had better be driving one of these or riding a bike. The amount of fuel that we use (export dollars), security, and wars to ensure we have cheap oil is causing the debt to go up and the economy to suffer as we now have to pay lots of interest and get nothing for it. Just so a few hundred million people can drive big cars and trucks that get less than 100 mpg.
      Levine Levine
      • 4 Months Ago
      GM is a finance company that happens to make cars. When the financial crisis struck in 2007, GM sank. GM has lost its leadership in sheet-metal design as well as in technology for at least 30 years. When GM can't even make an ignition switch correctly despite a massive recall, the end of the line is near.
      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      Anyone who complains about our national debt had better be driving one of these or riding a bike. The amount of fuel that we use (export dollars), security, and wars to ensure we have cheap oil is causing the debt to go up and the economy to suffer as we now have to pay lots of interest and get nothing for it. Just so a few hundred million people can drive big cars and trucks that get less than 100 mpg.
        Ryan
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Ryan
        We have the technology and the designs work. And making that car or something similar for under $20k would be possible as an EV or plug-in hybrid. People say they don't want government regulations, but when almost everyone makes the same stupid car-buying decisions and automakers don't push efficiency, CAFE standards are the only way to fix the problem.
      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      Anyone who complains about our national debt had better be driving one of these or riding a bike. The amount of fuel that we use (export dollars), security, and wars to ensure we have cheap oil is causing the debt to go up and the economy to suffer as we now have to pay lots of interest and get nothing for it. Just so a few hundred million people can drive big cars and trucks that get less than 100 mpg.
      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      Anyone who complains about our national debt had better be driving one of these or riding a bike. The amount of fuel that we use (export dollars), security, and wars to ensure we have cheap oil is causing the debt to go up and the economy to suffer as we now have to pay lots of interest and get nothing for it. Just so a few hundred million people can drive big cars and trucks that get less than 100 mpg.
      Warren
      • 4 Months Ago
      Engineers have known how to design an efficient car body since the 1930s at least. The public has no interest for efficient designs. As long as fuel and credit is cheap they will buy conestoga wagons. When it no longer is, they will walk.
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