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RE: [GreenYes] unimog



While I see your point, I would have to disagree that "the problem is....people." From what I've seen, the Unimog has been specifically marketed to the general public. In this sense, it's been fetishized as just another product that the "public" has "got to have."

Such a vehicle may have great utilitarian uses, but the cat of the matter is that SUV's and landrovers in general have been marketed to the suburban/.urban dweller and I'd be willing to bet my life's savings that Manufacturers don't care about utilitarian purposes-- they just want to sell, sell sell.

When are we going to start holding MANUFACTURERS responsible for the problems they create and then willingly MARKET, instead of blaming solely the public?



Resent-Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 14:27:51 -0400
From: "Bantillo, Stephen" <Stephen.Bantillo@ci.sj.ca.us>
To: "'Amy Perlmutter'" <amyp@chelseacenter.org>,
multiple recipients of
<greenyes@earthsystems.org>
Subject: RE: [GreenYes] unimog
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 11:34:23 -0700
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Unimog is not a new vehicle. It was created around 1946 out of a desire to
have a more useful agricultural implement. Over the years the Unimog has
been pressed into municipal, forest, and industrial operations due to its
adaptability and cost-saving utilitarian features. It has served duty as
abulances, radio/communications, street sweepers, and a host of other
useful/necessary vehicles. And not all Unimogs are behemoth in nature. An
earlier model with a wheelbase considerably shorter than the current
"popular" Jeep models was available, and Unimog continues to make
liliputian-sized vehicles based on customer demand. Basically, the size and
design of Unimogs changes based on customers' wants and "needs". Do I like
the vehicles? Sure I do, from a utilitarian standpoint. The problem that
arises is when the customers start demanding them for use as
grocery-getters, shopping mall hogs, or other forms of personal
transporation. (If people want something bigger than the Ford Excursion,
then they should buy an Excavator.) The point is, these Unimogs are
well-built and purpose-built vehicles and get their jobs done in an
efficient manner. The problem isn't the vehicle or its manufacturer, it's
people.


d8)


-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Perlmutter [mailto:amyp@chelseacenter.org]
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 10:45 AM
To: multiple recipients of
Subject: [GreenYes] unimog


For those of you who are Car Talk fans and/or hate SUV's, Car Talk is
having a contest to give the new behomoth, the Unimog, a more appropriate
name. To vote, go to the following link:

http://cartalk.cars.com/About/Unimog/Naming-Contest/ballot.html




Amy Perlmutter
Executive Director
Chelsea Center for Recycling and
Economic Development
University of Massachusetts
180 Second Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-887-2300/fax 617-887-0399
visit our web site at www.chelseacenter.org







Tim Krupnik
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Berkeley Ecology Center
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Berkeley Ca. 94710
510-527-5555
FAX 510-526-7995
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