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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Nano!

This is coolbert:

Some of you by now are familiar with the latest and greatest idea to come out of India. A new automobile designed with the "masses" in mind! The Tata Nano.

Priced at less than $2,000 American! An unheard of price for a brand new vehicle, anywhere in the world. Featured just the other day on the television program, "Foreign Exchange".

The women moderator of "Foreign Exchange" states that the last person to build a car for the "masses" was Henry Ford, in 1912!


The last person to manufacture an automobile "for the masses" was Adolf Hitler!

"Adolf Hitler had a keen interest in cars even though he did not drive. In 1933, he asked Ferdinand Porsche to make changes to his original 1931 design to make it more suited for the working man."

The Volkswagen! Volkswagen in German means "peoples car"!

Remember, Hitler was a self-described "socialist". His movement was called the National Socialist movement! A movement purported to be egalitarian in nature, appealing to the "common man", the working class in particular!

The Volkswagen represented a "sea change" for German auto manufacturers. German auto companies such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Porsche accustomed to building outstanding automobiles of the highest quality and performance [and still are for that matter]!

There was a German World War Two [WW2] staff car built along the lines of the Volkswagen! This vehicle, having an air-cooled engine, was effective in cold climates, such as was to be found during the Russian Campaign! Water-cooled engine blocks of conventional German military vehicles froze solid in the intense cold of the WW2 Eastern Front! NOT SO THE VOLKSWAGEN!

"Most notably - thanks to its smooth, flat underbody—the Kübel would propel itself much like a motorised sled when its wheels were sinking into sand, snow or mud, allowing it to follow tracked vehicles with remarkable tenacity."

The little vehicle that just kept going and going!

And - - as for the moderator of "Foreign Exchange" - - experts must not be wrong about such things!




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