This is mundane and pointless, so it’s definately in the right forum.
I’ve noticed through some personal observation that there seems to be a quite noticable difference between the standard layout of an American car vs. a Japanese car, specifically in the interior.
The headlights: In most american cars, the headlight switch is on the left side of the dash, between the steering column and the door. In most Japanese cars, it’s on the turn signal lever.
Wipers: in most japanese cars, the wiper controls are on the right side of the steering column, opposite of the turn signal lever. In most american cars, it’s ON the turn signal lever.
Emergency flashers: Japanese: on the dash, usually near the radio. American: on the column.
The air conditioner. THIS ONE IS MY BIG PET PEEVE!!!
In American cars, there are usually 3 levers or knobs. the first is fan speed, the second is temperature, and the third is the mode control… the mode control usually looks something like this:
OFF MAX NORM BILEV VENT HEAT DEFROST
What kind of stupid jargon is that?
On Japanese cars, you have a control for fan speed and one for temperature just like an american car. However, the mode control makes MUCH more sense:
first, there’s a selector to determine where the air blows, usually represented by pictures:
Face Face/Floor Floor Floor/Defrost Defrost
You then have another 2 controls. One turns the Air Compressor on and off
the other determines whether you are pulling air from outside or recirculating it.
As of late, some American cars have started using the pictures, but its the SAME DUMBED DOWN, UNVERSATILE CONTROLS!
Hows that for mundane?