In the 1950s, car designers moved the speedo & other instruments away from the middle of the dash & positioned them in straight in front of the driver, where they could be viewed at a glance.
When I was little boy in the 1960s, the easy way to tell a modern car from an old one was that the newer one had a combined ignition & starter all operated by the key. Only mangy old cars still had a separate starter button (very early Minis had a floor-mounted one) .
In the 1970s, "old-fashioned" sticky-out door-handles were replaced by flush-mounted recessed handles, because they were safer.
Over the past five years, flush door handles have gradually been replaced by sticky-out ones, several cars now have the instrument panel in the middle of the dash and not a day goes by without a new model coming out that has a starter button.
I mean, WTF is going on here?!
Watch out for the 2007 B7 Audi A4, complete with starting handle and trafficator indicator arms that stick out of the B-pillar!