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SpeedometerWe all see it, that magic number sitting at the far right of our cars’ speedometers teasing us, egging us on. But, we don’t trust that number, do we? We never even try to press our, say, Toyota Yaris to the 140 miles per hour that its speedometer displays.

However, what if on a special day, a perfect day, when the temperature was just right so that the air resistance was reduced and the tarmac were crisp and lacking of tack, we did go for the grand prize? What would happen? Turns out, we’d be disappointed. Deeply disappointed.

Those max triple-digit figures on our speedometers are the product of marketing melons who know that deep down, even the most green of Americans have a need for speed. Unfortunately, the figures are often so high that they are laughable and perhaps even dangerous. Speaking about this, Larry Dominique, a former Nissan product chief, said:

“You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous. Eighty percent plus of the cars on the road are not designed for and will not go over 110 mph.”


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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