Engine management systems now use microprocessors (the chip!) resulting in the first use of real-time sensors in mainstream automobiles
All odometers have 7 digit fields, and can now register over 100k miles
Electronic fuel injection is the dominant fuel delivery system, phasing out carburetors
Cars now run on unleaded gas, as lead was found to be lethal for catalytic converters
Tachometers and the rev limiter are widely standard, thanks to the new engine management system. The “redline” becomes more widespread as well.
First use of AWD in passenger cars, partially fueled by homologation requirements in racing
Aerodynamics play a more important role in mainstream performance cars as manufacturers experiment with different wings, lowered stance, and much smaller grilles in the front bumpers
Turbocharging gains massive popularity from involvement in racing, and as tightening emission regulations force engine displacement to decrease
Headlight housings made the switch from glass to plastic, which was cheaper and more resistant to wear and tear. American market cars finally utilize replaceable bulbs
– say hello to –
17 Digit VIN#’s!
5spd Manual Transmission!
ABS And Traction control!
Variable Valve timing!
Digital Dashboard Displays!
Modern “Blade” Fuses!
Wings, Airfoils, and Spoilers!
*The information on this page references technology that was widely available for the first time to the masses, NOT what was invented or first used on a production car during that decade. They are features and characteristics that help differentiate them from cars of previous decades