From this morning’s press release:
New Chrysler, JeepÃ‚Â® and Dodge vehicle owners will soon have room to put gloves in their glove boxes instead of 4-pound ownersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ manuals.
That’s right folks, finally a manufacturer is ditching that giant lump of paper and replacing it with a more efficient techno based solution. No, I’m not saying that a DVD is high tech by any stretch in today’s world but it makes much more sense than a book. Lately I’ve had a few media vehicles that have a glovebox that is completely taken up by owners manuals so comprehensive and bulky that one might think the Encyclopedia Brittanica had been slipped in as a joke on the production line.
There are those out there who will whinge about the lack of a quick reference resource. Its not like you can pull the dvd out of the glovebox while stopped at a light to see what that warning is that just came on. I’d be willing to bet that those same whingers never pull out the book until said light appears.
The positives to this move far outweigh the negatives. The most obvious may be that the glove box actually becomes a useful storage space again, while the reduced resources needed should make the greenies happy. Perhaps the most important feature is the substantial reduction in production costs which is likely the prime motivator for Chrysler’s decision.
Future collectors may bemoan the fact that dvds do deteriorate more quickly than books do, though I doubt any of those future collectors will actually want to use the manual. They just want it intact to ensure a complete package. Again, there is that reduced ability to make a quick reference check, but most things can probably wait till drivers get home anyway.
For those consumers who just have to have a book in hand, one can be had free of charge on request.
2010 Jeep Liberty video sample after the break