Question of the Month — November 2000
Do you expect to see more than 1 million vehicles in the world classified as hybrids, such as the Insight, by 2010?
Yes 54% No 36% Not Sure 10%
No: Not without power and market appeal
Not unless they can fit a high-powered hybrid into a good looking SUV!
Yes: If you can catch young buyers
If a hybrid vehicle appeals in styling to the young generation, sales will take off.
Engineering Manager, Emissions
Robin America Inc.
Wood Dale, IL
Less is more?
Why do the auto companies want their suppliers to do it for less while their employees do less for more?
Sparks are pretty, but …
The inner title page of your August 2000 issue says the cover photo is Courtesy of
Fuel prices won't slow hedonism
Re: Gas prices letter (see WAW — Oct. '00, p.11). If only petrol was $3.50 per gallon in the U.K.! The current average price is $5.80 — albeit our gallon is two tenths larger than the U.S. The increase in SUVs, and the like, on British roads seems to follow in direct proportion to the upturn in the price of gas! Oh, what a hedonistic society we are.
Frank A. Watkin
Hampshire, England, U.K.
But, are Belgians safe?
Re: “The Detroit of Europe — Sort of,” (see WAW — Nov. '00, p.60). I can't help but make the following observations:
Both photographs show workers using torque guns during the assembly process without using any safety glasses or hearing protection. Quite a contrast from theworkers in Indonesia wearing production equipment such as safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves and uniforms.
Belgium may have the highest per-capita car production, but how's their safety record?
Manufacturing Team Leader
Will German knowhow prevail?
At one time it was stated that
GM Truck Group
I don't think
How do you spell Ferrari?
My name is Matthew Dowdall, I am 9 years old, I was looking at my dad's November WAW and noticed that on p.80 you have a picture of a Ferrari F550 and the caption says “
Check the photo in Andrea Wielgat's story.
(Editor's note: Thanks for the heads-up Matthew and Jeff. In the first place, it wasn't a “chick” who made the goof. It was a “guy” that grabbed the wrong photo, compounded when a “guy” added the cutline after looking at the story, but not closely enough at the photo. We should all, perhaps, be grateful that the “guys” who made the blunder didn't go into safety engineering.)
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