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A reflection upon the "dark age"

August 24th, 2006, 11:55 am

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There was an era of excess in transportation design & manufacturing. In this dark age, vehicles were foist upon an under-educated and self-centred populace with bloody results. Here is a look back at that desolate time:

http://www.gladwell.com/2004/2004_01_12_a_suv.html

Some memorable quotes:
Fred J. Schaafsma, a top engineer for General Motors, says, "Sport-utility owners tend to be more like 'I wonder how people view me,' and are more willing to trade off flexibility or functionality to get that. " According to Bradsher, internal industry market research concluded that S.U.V.s tend to be bought by people who are insecure, vain, self-centered, and self-absorbed, who are frequently nervous about their marriages, and who lack confidence in their driving skills.
" Jettas are safe because they make their drivers feel unsafe. S.U.V.s are unsafe because they make their drivers feel safe.
That feeling of safety isn't the solution; it's the problem."
The allegation against Firestone amounts to the claim that its tires failed, with fatal results, two hundred and seventy-one times in the course of six hundred and thirty billion vehicle miles. Manufacturers usually win prizes for failure rates that low. Yet, out of all [the fatalities that happen on US roads], regulators, the legal profession, Congress, and the media chose to highlight the .0005 per cent that could be linked to an alleged defect in the vehicle.

October 13th, 2006, 12:59 am

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the jetta comment is so true. I have an a2 jetta gl and that thing feels sooooo light and bounces in turns and has just enugh oversteer to make it fun.
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October 14th, 2006, 6:04 pm

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It must be a German thing. My old 914 felt like it was going to take off at 65 mph.

October 23rd, 2006, 11:47 pm

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Quote:
" Jettas are safe because they make their drivers feel unsafe. S.U.V.s are unsafe because they make their drivers feel safe.
That feeling of safety isn't the solution; it's the problem."
Yet, out of all [the fatalities that happen on US roads], regulators, the legal profession, Congress, and the media chose to highlight the .0005 per cent that could be linked to an alleged defect in the vehicle.
What would Ralph Nader say.. .. .. . ?

October 24th, 2006, 12:37 am

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"unsafe at any speed?"

"55 stay alive?"
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