4WD on rocky road - Toorak tractors worst polluters

Submitted: Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:47
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From the news desk of the good old Melbourne Herald Sun:

"DEPUTY Prime Minister John Anderson today admitted he drove a large four-wheel drive which his own department's new website ranked close to the worst vehicle for air pollution and greenhouse gases.
He says the Toyota Land Cruiser met his needs for transporting his family on and off road in an electorate the size of Britain, and had recently survived an encounter with a mob of kangaroos.

But that does not mean everyone should aspire to large 4WDs.

"People ought to think carefully about what type of car they need," he said at the launch of the new green vehicle guide website (www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au).

"Out where I live I need a big heavy four-wheel-drive. But you wouldn't necessarily need that if your task centred on running the kids to school and maybe an annual holiday on a sealed road up to the North Coast of NSW from Sydney.



"People need to think carefully and this guide will help them work though the issues about what sort of vehicle they need and what will best match their needs at the same time as ensuring that they exercise maximum social responsibility."

The new website, endorsed by the motor industry, ranks about 1200 different new vehicle models available in Australia by exhaust emissions and greenhouse gas impact.

It gives an overall rating, with specialist vehicles such as Honda's Insight Hybrid scoring the full five stars. The best of the Land Cruisers scores just one and a half stars.

Mr Anderson said another measure worth considering was a environmental star-rating for vehicles, displayed on new car windscreens in the same manner as energy efficiency ratings on dishwashers and washing machines.

He said more Australians than ever were buying new cars thanks to increased prosperity and low interest rates.

"It is important that they have all the information that they can possibly obtain to make wise decisions, not only about what they need in practical terms but about the fuel consumption and environmental impact that the vehicle they choose will deliver," he said.

Toyota Australia general manager for corporate affairs Peter Griffin said some information on the site might result in readers making incorrect assumptions.

"Visitors to the website may get the impression that vehicles that don't appear in the top 10 list are not environmentally friendly when in fact their emissions performance is far beyond minimum standards," he said in a statement.

"For example, according to the definition of the Air Pollution Rating used by the Guide, the Toyota Prius may be perceived as being a poor environmental performer. However, the Prius, along with most Toyota vehicles, operates at very high standards in relation to emissions."

Mr Griffin said Toyota accepted that the guide was developed using data provided by the vehicle manufacturers but testing and certification standards varied among global manufacturers, making it difficult to draw reliable and accurate comparisons between various makes and models."

http://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/gvgpublicui/StaticContent/HomeHTMLPage.htm

Think I'll go hang myself now for owning one of these "gas-guzzlers" and therefore being totally responsible for stuffing up the world.

BTW how do I post hyperlinks?
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means sweet FA so me.
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Reply By: Member - Sam - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:51

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:51
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:52

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:52
Woo hoo it worked.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:19

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:19
getting excited now if this works
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:20

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:20
Now that I have it mastered please feel free to delete this reply David & Michelle.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:31

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:31
but your members images are not showing..
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:39

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 15:39
Try hitting the refresh button in your browser Trukster.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:14

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:14
Sam,
i'm not getting your rig pic either.....just a blank rectangle.
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Follow Up By: Camp - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:36

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:36
I can't see a picture either Sam
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:52

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 16:52
Sam there both not working now i saw the first one a field of flowers and no 2nd one but now both don't work, you'll have to upload them again, according to the puter guru thats standing beside me.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 22:38

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 22:38
Clear your cache Sam, you will be like the rest of us ... its cached on your PC...
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Reply By: Utemad - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:59

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:59
I thik it was Mr Anderson who was in 4x4 Australia magazine showing off his old Landrover. He seems to be a real 4x4 Enthusiast. Perhaps if he were to be PM we would see things move to being more 4x4 friendly.

Then again it is the media that seems to control the country.

Utemad
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Reply By: W from Jerilderie Motors Pty Ltd - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:20

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:20
Show this to GO_ OFFROAD
Prado Diesel polluter
& outsold by Ford Territory !
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:50

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:50
W,

Don't let him get to you. He makes a habit of upsetting people. He seems to enjoy it. He used to annoy me. Now I pity him.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:51

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:51
Why don't they do something about all these gas guzzling jet aircraft jetting people around the world on unnecessary holiday and business junkets. A few four wheels drives is but a drop in the ocean compared to the massive damage these monsters are responsible for.
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Reply By: W from Jerilderie Motors Pty Ltd - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 21:01

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 21:01
Jimbo, noone is upsetting me,
sticks & stones will break our bones but names will never hurt them
I don,t even drive a Nissan personally I just think the Captain needed a bit of support !
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 21:09

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 21:09
Mate,

That was on his other post where he was being equally obnoxious with his anti Nissan daitribe. Yes, Captain's OK. Stick with your mates.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 22:54

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 22:54
G_O is just a fisherman. You would think a fish would eventually learn not to take the bait but it appears you can't help yourselves. LOL :-))
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