If Apple Were a Car Company...

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  1. Squire macrumors 68000

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    Okay. I'm sure this has been posted in the past but with all the Apple-Car comparisons (see 15" PB thread) I figured it was time for a whole new thread on this.

    If Apple were a car company, which company would it be?

    (Disclaimer: I apologize if this list is incomplete but I did try to get most of the major makes.)

    Acura
    Alfa Romeo
    Aston Martin
    Audi
    Bentley
    BMW
    Bugatti
    Buick
    Cadillac
    Caterham
    Chevrolet
    Chrysler
    Citroen
    Daewoo
    Daihatsu
    Dodge
    Eagle
    Ferrari
    Fiat
    Ford
    GMC
    Holden
    Honda
    Hummer
    Hyundai
    Infiniti
    Isuzu
    Jaguar
    Jeep
    Kia
    Lamborghini
    Lancia
    Land Rover
    Lexus
    Lincoln
    Lotus
    Maserati
    Matra
    Maybach
    Mazda
    McLaren
    Mega
    Mercedes-Benz
    Mercury
    MG
    MINI
    Mitsubishi Motors
    Morgan
    Nissan
    Oldsmobile
    Opel
    Peugeot
    Pontiac
    Porsche
    Renault
    Rolls-Royce
    Rover
    Saab
    Saturn
    Scion
    Seat
    Smart
    Ssang-Yong
    Subaru
    Suzuki
    Toyota
    TVR
    Vauxhall
    Volkswagen
    Volvo €
    Other

    Squire (That's me, not an obscure car manufacturer.)
     
  2. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    they've often been compared to BMW...

    but I'm thinking it'd be someone more...innovative...hmm...
     
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know if there is any one car company that would capture all of Apples qualities. They're an innovator, ahead of the crowd - they'd be more of a concept car company that actually produces vehicles that everyone wants and loves to be seen in. One that all the other car companies copy when they can.

    D
     
  4. Moxiemike macrumors 68020

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    Re: If Apple Were a Car Company...

    At this point, i'd have to say Saab.

    And not because I own a brand new 9-3. :D

    More because Saab is innovative (the key in the wrong place, the use of all turbo engines back in the day, heated seats, safety feature before they were chic)

    Saab owns a niche market, just like apple.

    They're seen as over-priced (though really not, pound for pound)

    They both believe is design that follows function but has a sexy form (from the key thing... done to prevent keys from being embedded in your leg should you wreck to the refrigerated glove box to "keep the wine chilled for that picnic with that special someone)

    Also.... in some sense, Saab's are always seem as underpowered but can keep up with most any production car on the road.

    Just like the g4.

    Durability- You see TONS of Saabs on the road from the 80's and 90's. Just like you see tons of old macs. :) They're both built like tanks and last as long as you take care of them.

    Gosh. I could keep rolling. :)

    But when i bought my Saab....They sent me a COOL tabletop book. And there's a pic of the rear light fixture from the 9-3.

    On the following page of the spread... there's a pic of the ruby iMac. It was like a "separated at birth" thing. I'll try and scan it later... btu my scanner isn't hooked up at the moment. :(
     
  5. Moxiemike macrumors 68020

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    BMW? Not Innovative? Hmmm. i'd have to disagree there.

    One needs only to look at the 7 series to see some innovation:

    http://www.bmwusa.com/site_layout/models/0376/0376_equipment.cfm

    Specifically in instruments and controls.

    And hell, if we wanna compare:

    The 3 series: The eMac
    The 5 series: the iMac
    The 7 series: The G5

    Z4: Powerbook

    etc etc etc
     
  6. OutThere macrumors 603

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  7. Squire thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hmmmm

    Saab? Well, the only thing about Saabs is that the styling is more traditional (I mean, traditional Saab) than cutting edge.

    BMW? A lot of people think Bangle has mangled the styling. I think the new 5-series looks great, though. The only kicker: iDrive, by Microsoft.

    I like Lexus but they've always been too conservative on the styling end of things. (I guess the new RX330 and SC430 are slightly more radical.)

    So, we need the following attributes: innovative, stylish, expensive, rare, good-performing.

    Audi anyone? How about Infiniti?

    Squire
     
  8. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Aston Martin? (Stylish, rare, good performance....british;) )
     
  9. tazo macrumors 68040

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    BMW; a higher-cost car that reaps the benefit of owning such a vehicle; not everyone can afford a bmw, although many secretly aspire to owning one; the people who own them are fanatic about them and swear by them as the "Driver's car".
     
  10. iGav macrumors G3

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    Ford Mondeo switchgear though... :eek: :eek: :p
     
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    I'd go for either BMW or SAAB, but probably learn towards the SAAB end since they are both niche, think different, damn sexy, and those who own them are die-hard fans and loyal to their brand.
     
  12. Moxiemike macrumors 68020

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    Smart man! ;) The Saab definitely has all the qualitities.... if only i could scan that pic of the saab and the iMac....

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  13. TEG macrumors 604

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    Cadillac and here's why;

    Limited Models, but used to maintain many others
    High Performance
    Recognized Symbol
    Stylish (Before it was Cool)
    Will run Forever (With regular Maintence)
    Fighting many other makers with Cheaper Cars
    Gets Many Components from "Big

    CTS = iMac
    DeVille = eMac
    Seville = iBook and PowerBook 12"
    XLS = PowerMac G5
    SRX = Powerbook G4 15"
    Escalade = XServe
    EscaladeESV = PowerMac G4
    EscaladeEXT = PowerBook G4 17"

    BTW: Ferrari would be Sun
    Porshe would be SGI
    Lexus (Toyota with features) would be Alienware

    TEG
     
  14. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Mercedes Benz

    They invented the car. - Apple invented the Personal Computer

    Concerned with "making it right" - Apple is concerned with "making it right"

    Continuing innovation - Apple is continuing innovation

    Far too much to list...
     
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  17. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    In terms of design, Aston Martin, they ooze the same design quality, sophistication and (more so now, G5!) power!
    In terms of innovation....hmmmm....I dunno.

    edit: oh! and a bit of Lamborghiniin the mix too, those things are just nutz!
     
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    My vote would be for Volvo. They are a very innovative care also made in Sweden. A very safety conscious car company. They have added a steel to the car that will withstand 5 times its weight!
     
  20. jefhatfield Retired

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    apple inc = lamborghini

    fast, best design, attention to quality, but pricey but worth it

    but like lamborghini, apple inc does not pay attention to the bottom line and could one day be bought by the chrysler of the computer world...ie) microsoft
     
  21. jefhatfield Retired

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    good comparison...and volvo got bought out by a giant, too, called ford motor company

    sometimes good quality doesn't pay attention to the fact that the company also has to make money and sell a lot of units to stay in business and grow

    i don't think apple will ever think like a business...but if they did, then they might be microsoft, being rich but putting out second rate product or first rate products with a giant hole in them:p :p

    i though a giant asteroid would make the biggest hole, but windows xp has proved otherwise...i hope this whole business with xp and security holes will end soon...even if it's the dark side:rolleyes:
     
  22. xpormac macrumors regular

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    An Overpriced waste of money? lol No way. Saab is what I think of if they were a car. Nice, safe, overpriced. ;)
     

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