mad anthony

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

You know your car is a piece of shit when...

Iran may stop producing it's national car, the Paykan (h/t Tim Blair.

Killer quote from the article:

Iranians discuss the production years of their Paykans like vintage wines, the owners of earlier models proudly boasting that the engines were English-made back in the 1970s.

How shitty does a car have to be for the ones with English engines to be the best ones? The English are not known for building fine cars, which is why Ford ended up selling Rover a couple years ago for $1 to a private company.

The Paykan may be replaced by another fine automobile:

Iran Khodro, which makes more than 400,000 cars each year, is hoping a production line of Renault's Logan L-90s will inherit Paykan's place as Iran's economy car of choice.

Yup, the Renault. (I've had a negative view of Renaults since my dad owned an '86 Alliance that broke down weekly. Then again, his was built in Wisconsion by AMC, so maybe the French-built ones are better)

Do you notice that companies where the government controls the means of production make the worst cars, if they make cars at all? Iran has the Peykan, East Germany had the Trabant and Cuba is famous for the fact that most of the cars on it's streets are '50's American cars held together with bailing wire and converted to run on kerosene because it's cheaper than gas.

Guess there is something about, you know, a free market and competition that produces cars that people actually want.


At 10:22 AM, Blogger BillyBudd said...

You know they would be in cahoots with the froggies, Renault in Iran is a Yugo with an ashtray and wipers. We should smuggle in some new Mustangs and the revolt would be ON!

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wats wrong with english cars look at morgan jaguar mg and rover cars actually were good cars

At 6:22 PM, Blogger mad anthony said...

Jaguars certainly are elegant, and MG's are certainly sporty. But British cars have also long had a horrible reputation for poor reliability - for example, Jaguars are known for having unusually flaky electrical systems.

At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The English are not known for building cars" - what a plonker! Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Morgan, Aston Martin, TVR, Lotus, McLaren, Bristol, Marcos, Nobel, Cateram to name but a few of the great cars currently manufactured in the UK.

In addition, the English provide some of the best specialist car tuning companies in the World such as Cosworth and McLaren, which is why many of the world's Formula 1 teams locate their headquarters in the UK.

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, very interesting!


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