VW took the sheets off of a Beetle with different suspension and some plastic cladding yesterday.
The North American International Auto Show or NAIAS or The Detroit Motor show, if you’re a normal person, played grandstand to a production ready Beetle that the press release said ‘was far from a production possibility’.
They later added (further down the page) that they ‘are keen to gauge the reaction to the car from the public and media’.
Expect something similar to grace a probably clever and-against-your-better-judgement-brilliant advert from DDB or someone in about a year.
A cherry red Focus, equipped with the petrol, one litre, turbo motor, has unwittingly become the millionth of its kind. Not just the millionth Focus, but the millionth Mk3 Focus. Whichever way you cut it, that is a lot of Focus’/Foci.
Lets try to imagine that
Using Parkers excellent website, we can find that the MK3 Focus is 4358mm long by 2010mm wide. That gives us a total area of 8759mm or 8.8 square metres. I’ve rounded this figure up a tad, not just for ease, but to allow some sort of parking distance between these million vehicles.
So that times a MILLION is 8.8 Million square metres or 8800 square kilometres. That’s very nearly Norfolk and Suffolk put together. For the international readers, that’s just a bit bigger than ONE MILLION Ford Focus’/Foci parked very closely together.
Here’s a picture of a Focus in the wild:
Heathrow airport charges the most IN THE WORLD for somewhere to put your car an unnamed source has said.
The London Evening Standard has published a story on their website showing that, as anyone who has been to the air-travel hub will suspect, finding somewhere to store your car while you tearfully/gleefully/nonchalantly wave goodbye/say hello to friends/loved ones/hated enemies/business superior/inferiors, is a massive urine-theft.
Heathrow does offer forward booking for parking spaces. The service is a must for business users, while the rest of us will continue to bore our relations with traffic anecdotes about the M25.