|Rules of classification
archive covers nearly all cars in the world, it is uneasy to classify
all the cars into
categories. Basically, classification is made according to target
and price. It is easy to understand how important target buyers are.
instance, those interested in Lotus Elise are unlikely to love the
Chevrolet Camaro because of completely different character, so they
be classified into the same category.
is price. There are price differences among different markets,
especially for exclusive high-performance cars. Whenever a price is
it is always based on the retail price at the place where the car is
minus taxes. Excessive retail / distribution cost is also taken into
because there are a few European countries having very inefficient
systems. After all, price is not the only important factor to the
so there is up to ± 50% tolerance in some extreme cases.
are assessed in these areas:
kinds of cars may have different weighting in these areas, say, engine
and handling are the most important for sports car. As I am not
I don't rate each item and calculate the total marks like Car and
or Road & Track. I really doubt if such "objective" calculation
result in the best choices to car enthusiasts. You know, that is the
Consumer Digest used to rate cars.
rates cars from enthusiastic driver’s point of view. Like British or
and unlike American, handling is usually regarded as more important
performance. Besides, the meaning of "handling" also differs from
view point as cornering g-force. Steering feel, steering attitude,
adjustability and precision of controls are seen as most important.