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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Cars Car Cars

"They were once the domain of farmers and tradesmen, but now four-wheel-drives are more common on the boulevards of our leafiest suburbs or outside our best private schools. The latest research on four-wheel-drive vehicles and their owners is far from flattering. About 50 per cent of motorists think four wheel drives don't belong in city areas and some even suggest that they should be banned from some roads."

Today Tonight chuck in their 2c into the debate. Whoopi-doo.

Comment on the above via cyclingforums, CA on 4WD, Coppershark called it!

About one in three Tasmanians shopping for a new car opt for a SUV. The love affair with SUVs is driving sales records. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries' VFACTS service shows SUV sales accounted for a third of the Tasmanian new car market last month.

Half of all drivers hate 4WDs.
Nearly half of all motorists believe the drivers of four-wheel-drive vehicles are more arrogant and aggressive than other drivers, according to a new survey. The survey of 1880 people by insurance company AAMI in all parts of Australia other than WA and the Northern Territory found 46 per cent of motorists believed that 4WD drivers were more arrogant and aggressive on the road. And 17 per cent of 4WD motorists agreed.

FUGLY! Yet more proof Americans design and drive bloody awful cars

Climbing Down from the S.U.V., and Liking the View
Lon Frye with his new Chrysler 300C. He bought the car after driving S.U.V.'s for almost two decades. 'I finally had grown tired of that trucklike ride,' Mr. Frye said. When Stafford Coakley went shopping for a new vehicle a year ago, he knew exactly what he didn't want: another sport utility vehicle. After driving a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder for three years, he said, he had had enough of the high cost of filling it with gasoline and what he considered an uncomfortable ride on his commute. And he had come to realize that there was not much more space in his Pathfinder than there was in many sedans.

California Adopts Nation's First-Ever Global Warming Standard for Cars
Statement by Roland Hwang, NRDC Vehicles Policy Director
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today voted unanimously to adopt the nation's first ever regulation to reduce global warming pollution from cars. The new standard requires tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants to be reduced by 22 percent by the 2012 model year and 30 percent by the 2016 model year. A 2002 bill (AB 1493, Pavley) required CARB to adopt the standards by the end of this year. Following is a statement by Roland Hwang, vehicles policy director at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). 'California made history today by adopting the most important motor vehicle pollution requirement since the catalytic converter in the 1970s. The air board's decision will be remembered as a major milestone in the effort to fight global warming.