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March 11, 2016

Pre-Return Post - European Edition

I've been in London for a few days and I've decided a few things. America has a strange fixation on big cars we dont need. Do we NEED to drive Denali XLs? DO we need 7000lb vehicles that get 15mpg? If we paid the same for gas as they do in the EU, we'd have to take that question very seriously. It's about 1.10EUROS for a liter of fuel. I'm not going to whip out the calc but thats roughly $80 to fill up a small car gas tank. No wonder they have so many small cars. They also seem to do just fine with them. A stunning lack of pickup trucks and SUVs and yet they seem to get back and forth from picking up the kids and a load of groceries. With all that is going on in the middle east, buying anything with a V8 seems a little silly. If fuel prices doubled in the US, we'd still be paying far less than the europeans yet we would be crippled as out cars get such poor mileage. The car tech I want to be covering more of is that of fuel cells and our way to smarter cars.

Now that I said my PC bit, I've seen more dream cars here in 2 days than all my time in LA and NYC. The one car I never thought I would ever see on the street was a Mercedes SLR. Not only was it on the street, it was parked and left by itself. Not even an armed guard or anything. Then, to make matters better, a full-size Maybach followed by a new Jaguar limo. Yes. limo. No tint, which was a bit odd. Looked like the pope-mobile.

I also saw a LOT of 911s, which are no biggie but the sheer number was shocking. There were quite a few Aston Martins clogging up the roads as well as Ferraris. It's a bit late here so I wont go into the rest of the amazing normal cars but siffice it to say, Europe has cooler cars than we do. Sorry. It's true.

Get ready for your regular stream of posts starting Monday.


Posted by Lionel Felix at March 11, 2016 04:43 PM

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