June 8, 2010

Supercars Vs. SUVs

Initially, this was meant to be an entry entirely to bombard SUVs and their sheer wastefulness and polluting traits. But then it struck me, many people reading would be asking me:

What about your beloved supercars? Aren't they wasteful and polluting too?

Admittedly, yes they are and in fact, far worse than SUVs and 4x4s. For example, http://www.carpages.co.uk/co2/ shows that the UK's 5 worst CO2 emitters  includes 2 Ferraris and a Bentley GTC. These 3 are supercars. And guess what, no SUVs.

And the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, it has a fuel mileage of around 8-10 miles per gallon. A Toyota Hilux does 30 miles per gallon. That's 3 times the fuel economy of an LP640.

Things dont look good for supercars then. And as such, I can't possibly slam SUVs without getting even worse criticism about our favourite Enzo or Carrera GT. But after I gave it deep thought, there is actually something relating to this issue that I can aim at:

SUV owners.

As we know, supercars cost a bomb to buy and maintain. 4x4s however, are not, as you can see on Malaysian roads alone be it in my hometown here or in the big city the roads are teeming with these behemoths. You see, if your job site looks something like this

or if your hobby is going to places like this

or you go to places where your car would usually look like this

then yes, owning a 4x4 is perfectly understandable.

However, that's not what most people (Malaysians at least) use these for. They're always clean, parked outside office buildings, driven alone without carrying anything and worst of all, used to send children to school. I mean, there are good reasons why these things are equipped with all wheel drive, have big fat tires and the space at the back to put stuff that otherwise wont fit in your normal family car. But I must say, I'm nothing but appalled when I see these things on the road, driven by men in office suits and with their cute little 12-year-old daughter alone in the passenger seat. I mean, where's the common sense in this? I have a friend you see, her parents are doctors, and undeniably, she's filthy stinking rich. And yet, she only goes to school or tuition or whatever in this:

A Perodua Kelisa

or this

A Chevrolet Aveo

See? Even though her parents are loaded with cash they can think sensibly when buying a car and not waste the money on a truck because they never go off road in the first place. That's what I'm trying to stress here. You may have the monetary rights to buy as you please, but if you have the money to buy a Toyota Hilux or a Mitsubishi Triton, why not at least spend it on something more sensible like a Toyota Vios or a Honda City if you never need to go off road anyway? It's pure retarded-ness. Why is it that you need a freaking truck or a Honda CRV just to transport a human being no more than 1.6 meters tall and not weighing more than 50 kilograms? Why is it you need to drive an Isuzu D-Max when your job only requires you to sit in an air-conditioned office? And more so when your commute to work is nothing but smoothly paved roads which any normal family car could handle. It's uber retardation I say. It's not only Malaysians however, as you can see:

Hilary Duff and her Mercedes G Class SUV

Denise Richards and her Mercedes GL SUV

Brooke Shields and her Mercedes G Class

Matthew McConaughey and his GMC Yukon Denali

Will Smith with another Merc GL

*smacks forehead*

And mind you, people dont use Lamborghinis and Ferraris to go to work or send their kids to school or go to the shops on a daily basis. Take that.

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