In the UK, the annual Motor Show has just opened amidst sweltering summer heat that the Met Office reckons might be linked to climage change. So we've launched a slick new 'advert' targeting gas guzzling 4x4s for being one of the worst climate offenders.
Using SUVs (sports utility vehicles or four-wheel drives to you and me) for what they're built for is one thing - but our cities are starting to fill up with insanely powerful machines. In 2004 alone Ford spent over £18 million in the UK marketing Land Rovers as glamorous products for town and country. The company spent £3.2 million on marketing the vehicles to Londoners! And then there's the fact that Hummer are about to start selling right-hand-drive machines... who the hell needs a 3.5L Hummer off-road military vehicle H3 for picking the kids up from school?
And don't even start me on the stretch Hummer I've seen around the streets of Dublin...
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Meanwhile, one of the stars of the movie Crash Thandie Newton is doing her bit to fight climate change
Last year, the actor found a Greenpeace leaflet on her windscreen of her SUV - left by one of our colleagues, Cat. This got her thinking - and before long, she traded in her gas guzzling 4x4 for a fuel efficient Toyota Prius, which switches between petrol and electric to get nearly three times more miles to the gallon than her old BMW X5.
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