1. Truth, Perspective on the SUV

    brian on 2004.02.20
    at 04:01 am

    I won't sound off on the SUV. Simply read what I consider the objective truth.

    [It could do without the jab at the Macintosh, especially since the point is invalid: the iMac is not just the Mac that came before it repackaged. It was a revolutionary design setting the tone for computers for the next ten years. Not comparible to adding two more doors to a pickup.]

    Posted in: Auto


    Comments (1)

    1. jake said on 2004.02.20 at 05:28 pm

      I agree

      This whole mindset drives me insane for it's lack of logic.

      To the engineers, of course, that didn't make any sense, either: if consumers really wanted something that was big and heavy and comforting, they ought to buy minivans, since minivans, with their unit-body construction, do much better in accidents than S.U.V.s. (In a thirty-five-m.p.h. crash test, for instance, the driver of a Cadillac Escalade--the G.M. counterpart to the Lincoln Navigator--has a sixteen-per-cent chance of a life-threatening head injury, a twenty-per-cent chance of a life-threatening chest injury, and a thirty-five-per-cent chance of a leg injury. The same numbers in a Ford Windstar minivan--a vehicle engineered from the ground up, as opposed to simply being bolted onto a pickup-truck frame--are, respectively, two per cent, four per cent, and one per cent.)

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