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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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The Italian government is planning to introduce a new tax on big polluting cars such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs), a move which could benefit Turin-based Fiat (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research) but incur the wrath of other European countries.

AlterNet: The Smell of Hummer
The Hummer is an absurdly-expensive, gas-guzzling, low-performance, high-polluting, gussied-up chunk of automotive junk. Now Hummer cologne distills that into scent. The Hummer - it's not just for driving anymore. Indeed, you can now splash the essence of Hummer all over your body! General Motors, the maker of this massive symbol of automotive macho, has now licensed a new Hummer cologne calling it "The Essence of Adventure," and pricing it as high as $52 for a Hummer-shaped bottle of the stuff. The scent is advertised as being "masculine with rugged and adventurous attributes." They go further, promising that this new fragrance "embodies all that Hummer is.

Caught red handed
Depending on your perspective it's mass law breaking, a cheeky little manoeuvre or an example of a society too selfish to wait. Jumping the lights is now a mass motoring offence. Jumping red lights is becoming a frighteningly common occurrence - with the latest figures showing that traffic cameras in London are catching almost 10,000 drivers every month.

Lawyers Oppose Delay In SUV Vandalism Trial
Lawyers for a Caltech graduate student accused of firebombing sport utility vehicles oppose a bid to delay his trial. Attorneys for Billy Cottrell filed a motion this week objecting to a delay sought by prosecutors. Authorities said they need more time to research defense claims that Cottrell suffers from a form of autism. The 24-year-old physics student is accused of damaging or destroying 125 SUVs in the San Gabriel Valley last August. He has been held without bond in federal custody and could face 35 years to life in prison if convicted.

Beijing smog stifles French air show
A French aerobatic show scheduled to launch the 'Year of France' in China on Thursday has been cancelled due to some of the worst air pollution the capital has witnessed in months. The elite 'Patrouille de France' of the French Air Force cancelled its show at Beijing's Nanyuan Airport due to poor visibility caused by severe pollution and fog, organizers said.