Have We Learned Nothing?

Okay, before the shouting starts, I recognize that the vehicle featured in this post is more of a design exercise than anything, and show cars don’t always translate into the showroom, BUT, the fact that this thing was even allowed to leave the drawing board is jaw-dropping enough:

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Based on a Ford Super Duty truck, the F-650 is powered by a 7.2-liter Caterpillar diesel engine.

Inside, it’s got hardwood floors, custom captain’s chairs, a 42-speaker sound system, two 16-inch TVs that drop down from the ceiling and another 42-inch plasma screen TV. It also has four computer workstations and, in case someone doesn’t see you coming, a train horn.

The total price is about $200,000.

Like the Excursion wasn’t big enough, hello?

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4 thoughts on “Have We Learned Nothing?

  1. Pingback: Alton F-650 XUV: For those who think HUMMERs are meek « Rummaging About

  2. I think this is what the phrase ‘carbon footprint’ was coined for, I think I’m right in saying that the US contributes 25% of the World’s greenhouse gas! Central London is about to charge something like triple the ‘congestion charge’ for high polluting vehicles. This puppy would be off the scale.
    I Stumbled across your site whilst looking for Rush cover art for iTunes, saw the R30 and Snakes and Arrows tour here in England, bloody amazing. Keep up the good work. Martin

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Martin! You saw Rush in concert – I’m green with envy. Thought about going to see them in Massachusetts last summer, but just couldn’t make it happen. I’m glad you had the chance.

    What I find frustrating is automakers insisting on perpetuating mostly old technology. Here is the US we often can’t get the more fuel-efficient diesel models available in Europe – too many people have an outdated idea of what “diesel” means.

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