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Inchon Small Car!

Inchon Small Car!

Los Angeles Convention Center

This little car from GM called "Beat" comes to US auto shows from South Korea (where GM is building a big R&D facility in Inchon, the very same city where General Douglas MacArthur launched one of the greatest military attacks of all time against the North Korean and Chinese armies during the Korean War ... Didn't you see that movie?). The one hitch is that at this time, Beat is not scheduled for being on-sale in the US anytime soon. In many nations around the world, especially in the Europe Community and Japan, many families have two cars; one is used for daily in-and-around-town commuting and business and is usually a basic city-type car, the second vehicle, on the other hand, might be a large "saloon" (what they call big sedans in the UK) or a sports car just for mom and/or dad to take cruising or even a classic collectible driven to auto shows on the weekends. It would do Americans good to develop these same sensibilities. How can we best live with less oil and the products that come from it? Simple. Just look to the countries which have been doing it forever --- Again, that would be most of Europe and definitely Japan (where gas is $4 a liter, as we saw in Tokyo just three weeks ago).

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