Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Murkun Way

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Gas stations advertising record-high prices are all around him, but fuel efficiency was the furthest thing from Dave Pongratz's mind as he picked up his new Hummer H3 in this Detroit suburb on Wednesday.
Pongratz, 54, was getting the sport utility vehicle as a surprise for his wife, Sandy, an avid camper and kayaker who wants a safe vehicle with good towing capacity. The H3's gas mileage — about 19 miles per gallon in the city — wasn't an issue for Pongratz, who said he'd rather go to fewer restaurants than buy a vehicle with higher fuel economy.

"Everybody decides, 'What do I want to trade for what I want to do?'" said Pongratz, a plant foreman for General Motors Corp., which makes the Hummer.

Gas prices soared to a record $2.55 per gallon nationwide last week. But automakers and industry watchers say the price spike isn't yet affecting consumers' car buying habits.

Transferring billions to rich Arabs? OK, worth it.
Runaway Global warming? But my boat needs towing.
SUV safety an illusion? Lalalalalala -- my reptilian brain can't hear you.

Oh, and Ms. Can't-be-bothered-to-get-the-facts Reporter? The EPA Highway rating on GM's 4700-pound Penis-Extender 3 is 19 mpg -- the city number is 16. Do you know anyone who actually gets the EPA highway number in any vehicle? Me neither. And the only reason this barn-shaped Suddenly Upside-down Vehicle does that well is that it is dangerously underpowered -- my compact sedan has roughly the same power and nearly a ton less weight to drag around.

And last but not least, if you are going to write shill-for-the-domestics crap like this, can't you find an SUV buyer who doesn't work for the manufacturer of said SUV to pose as your man-in-the-street buyer?

Yup. Inaccurate, slanted propaganda shilling for wholesale stupidity. The Murkun way.


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