alohart wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:28 am
The automatic transmission gear selector layout certainly isn't ingrained in all
of our minds and reflexes. Even having driven in the U.S. for 60 years, I have never owned an automatic transmission vehicle, so our i3's gear selector layout is very intuitive to me. Many European drivers have likely never owned automatic transmission vehicles as well.
I get that stick shifts are probably more prevalent in Europe than in the USA, but I'm still guessing that more premium brand cars (Mercedes, Audi, BMW) are sold with automatics than sticks, even in Europe. And I believe that they use the same PRNDL layout as in the USA. Or actually, more recently PRNDL is giving way to a momentary "toggle" shifter, but still with reverse at the top (push forward) and drive at the bottom (pull back). The i3 is simply backwards from pretty much anything else on the market.
I have 2 BMWs sitting in my garage and their drive selectors are backwards from each other. That seems problematic to me and even more problematic to my wife. Even if I do think that the i3's drive selector operation makes more sense, it is simply problematic in a multi-automatic-vehicle household. And as I mentioned earlier, when you combine this with the fact that the i3 doesn't "creep" when you select a gear (thus giving you a sense of which direction the car will go when you press the accelerator), it's kind of surprising to me that there aren't more unintended i3 parking lot mishaps than there are. Or maybe there are, and we just don't hear about them unless they actually go through the wall of a building...
But I also understand that for you, since you have never owned a conventional automatic vehicle, that the i3 drive selector layout is a non-issue.