You read that right, contrary to what you thought you liked, we actually like having nannies like blind spot monitoring, and actually love electric power steering, and would take an automatic over a manual given the choice. Don't believe me, read on.
Let me first back up to explain how I came to this conclusion. I got September issue of Automobile Magazine the other day (the one with the Corvettes on it) and started reading, then I came across a review of the new Maserati Ghibli that has hydraulic power steering, no blind spot monitoring or adaptive cruise control, all things standard on German rivals like the E Class, 5 Series, or A6's. The journalist then made then went on to say that the Ghibli is a "out-up-or-shut-up moment for sport-sedan fans - the kind who spill crocodile tears over robotized performance and digital overkill but who won't put their money where their mouth is." I don't think he's referring to people like us, he's referring to himself and pretty much ever average annoying ass auto journalist who bitches and whines about everything from no manuals, to electronic nannies, and so on. But, I'm sure if you went to these magazines offices', you wouldn't find a single Maserati, or M5 manual that's actually owned by the staff, because they won't put their money where there mouth is, instead, they buy E Classes, and M5's with the DCT, and A7's. Why, because they're better than unreliable Italian cars, or they get an M5 with a DCT because it's faster in every way.
Journalists are constantly bitching about the lack of choice from automakers in general, but they are always blaming the Germans for something. They bitch at the M division for building softer cars, or they throw a tantrum because Porsche won't offer the GT3 with a manual, and the same for the new Turbo. But to the German's defense, they build cars to suit the MARKET. Journalists fail to realize this as they're crying. If you ran Porsche, would you waste precious R&D money on putting a manual in a car when less than 1% of buyers will get one, I don't think so. And to M's defense, would you build a car that your customers wouldn't want to drive more than 10 seconds because it makes your arthritis worse, nope. Automakers all over the world make cars to suit the market, because they're in the business to make MONEY.
One more example, the 2012 Honda Civic. Consumer Reports didn't recommend it because they didn't like it for it's cheap plastics and the like, and auto journalists, again, bitched and moaned, but surprise surprise, people still bought them in droves. Why is that, because the general public doesn't give a shit about what auto journalists think, and neither should we (enthusiasts) because we have more important priorities than dropping $75,000 or more on a car that explodes the day after the warranty is up, of which I think their is a class action is the works for that problem that plagues Maserati's.
Oh and on the Ghibli. The reason that it doesn't have blind spot and the like, and electric power steering, is because they can't afford to put that into the car AND compete with the Germans. It's also the same reason it and the Quattroporte use Chrysler switches and infotainment. And I find it funny that Maserati built a car to compete with the E Class that's based off a platform that's two cycles behind the current E Class. If anyone actually looks at what the Germans have to offer when it comes to executive saloons, and then goes buys a Ghibli, probably deserves to have their car explode after the warranty expires.