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The attraction of Hummer brands - Why do people own and drive SUVs in densely populated areas where all-terrain handling is not required?

Asked by mattbrowne (31638points) April 19th, 2009

I’m not talking about areas with plenty dirt roads, mountains and heavy snow in winter. I’m also not talking about large families with plenty of kids in need of spacious vehicles (though they might not have to weigh several tons).

From Wikipedia: Gas-guzzler commonly refers to a vehicle that makes inefficient use of fuel. The term originally came into use in the US when congress established Gas Guzzler Tax provisions in the Energy Tax Act of 1978 to discourage the production and purchase of fuel-inefficient vehicles. Ironically, today the term is often used to refer to SUVs or other semi-large vehicles that qualify as “light trucks”. Nevertheless the term extends to all fuel-inefficient vehicles, from antiquated V8 American classics to Italian-bred sports cars. A Lamborghini Murcielago, a Plymouth Roadrunner, and a Hummer H2 might all be classified as gas-guzzlers, though they are very different cars.

Common examples of ‘gas-guzzlers’ include:

* SUVs
* Pickup trucks
* Full-size vans
* High performance sports cars
* Classic musclecars
* Some luxury cars.

Most old cars can be regarded to have bad fuel economy (North American models averaging between 9 – 19 MPG or 12 – 26 l/100 km) when compared to similar modern vehicles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas-guzzler

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