Monday, October 01, 2007
another car we need to see in America
Car: A2 by Audi.
Mileage: 75 to 90 miles per gallon(!!) - 2 to 3 litres per 100km.
Where are they: 175,000 across Europe.
What happened: Produced from 1999 to 2005, discontinued due to consumer disinterest for being too forward-thinking (according to Wikipedia). The pendulum has swung back, small is in again.
Hope of return: Audi intends to market a similar car, the A1, in 2009, to compete with the Cooper Mini [hopefully keeping the A2's gas mileage, which is three times that of a Mini - 25mpg average].
Hope of it showing up in America: pppthttthhhhttt!
"I don't like this car because I don't need that much gas-mileage yet."
Funny, we need that kind of gas mileage now, yet finding the vehicles with it is so elusive...
the locals will welcome our lower-cost consumer goods as liberators!
I don't like driving a tiny car. I drove a very small Geo Metro for years, and I felt it was a death trap.
I'm all for great gas mileage though.
Jamie: There's got to be a better way of phrasing that something is so logical that it doesn't make sense to consumers in that case. I think your statement about not liking a small car (as a former Geo Metro driver myself who married a former Subaru Justy owner) is echoed by a lot of people who look at them and think they're tin cans -- great mileage or not. But see, this is the reason why SUV's are popular among people who do not have more than two other people or any stuff to haul. Sure, they're "safer" because nothing around them is a bigger threat -- that's the people's only justification, fear at a higher vehicle and fuel cost. Get two SUVs in a collision, it gets messy since they both have more inertia behind them.