Saturday, September 15, 2007
Another brief rant about the American automotive market
<- The Nissan Micra, also known as the March. It's been in production since the 1980s, can be found in Canada and is a staple in the UK, and gets around 35 miles per gallon. [Wikipedia] [nissan.co.uk] (down right now) [TV ad]
The Škoda Fabia, which is now a part of the Volkswagen Group. It's been in production since the 1990's (and the company itself has been producing cars for over a hundred years), can be found in Central America and all over Europe, and gets between 45 and 65 miles per gallon. [Wikipedia] [skoda-auto.com] [TV ad] ->
So my question... Why the hell aren't these vehicles offered in the United States?! If there's any place in the world that needs fuel-efficient vehicles, it's here. So why aren't they here? Why does America seem to be the only place where personal cars which get less than 20 miles to the gallon (8.5 km/l, or 11.76 l/100km as is the popular measure in Europe) are hyped?
Rules are made to be broken. -Smart tagline
I don't know if I'd want to take the family of four out in it but for sure it's great for commutes and highway adventures for two. :)
I dunno why those cars aren't in the US. It would be nice to have the option.
Let the rest of the world beta-test this stuff. And then when it's perfected, we'll still ignore it because we don't go in for those stupid-looking economies.