• Dec 23, 2008

Here's a little comedy for Christmas: The always-entertaining Iowahawk recently took a shot at the entire left-leaning side of Congress. Imagining the kind of car that would be crafted by a blue-state congressional committee, they've come up with the Congressional Motors Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition. The wedge-shaped get-around with the Barney Frank-designed interior has a 15-point passenger harness, 45 airbags, and comes with a hockey helmet.

Says the ad, "We've subsidized the features you want and taxed away the rest. With its advanced Al Gore-designed V-3 under the hood pumping out 22.5 carbon-neutral ponies, you'll never be late for the Disco or the Day Labor Shelter. Engage the pedal drive or strap on the optional jumbo mizzenmast and the GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition easily exceeds 2016 CAFE mileage standards. At an estimated 268 MPG, that's a savings of nearly $1800 per week in fuel costs over the 2011 Pelosi." You can read the rest of the humor by visiting Iowahawk.

[Source: Iowahawk]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      timgates2: I for one am not simply narrowing any blame to George W. Bush, nor the Republican Party. My comments indicated a multi-party, multi-administration and multi-sessional Congressional commitment to giving U.S. automakers the sorts of regulations they wanted, rather than spurring us to exceed foreign competitors. I think we as a general population fell for a bit too much of the 'har har we like our big SUV's and don't wanna drive no damn tiny Smart Car and all these standards are just some librul conspiracy' mood for our own good too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's funny because it's somewhat true. The government does and will increasingly continue to have a huge impact on the cars we drive. Someday a Ford Excursion will be in a museum and our great grandchildren will all laugh in disbelief.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually did laugh the first time I saw and Excursion and still do. Way over sized vehicles that ride and handle so poorly they make their drivers wish they were in a boat instead. They belong in a museum.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Brain-dead humor. Good satire is at least partly grounded in reality. This is pure fear-mongering. The 2010 Ford fusion will get up to 41 mpg in the city and is a better car than the current fusion. If you want a performance car, get the 2009 Porsche 911 PDK. It is capable of over 30mpg on the highway. If you want an affordable fun car to drive a 2010 GTI will have 200+ horsepower and probably return over 30mpg on the highway as well.

      Just because lame American muscle cars are still hopelessly fuel inefficient doesn't mean a fun, fuel-efficient car can't be made. The day of the V-8 is nearly over in all but the most exotic of cars. Many V-6s today have as much or more power than GM, Ford, Chrysler's V-8s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 911 PDK is rated at 27mpg, not 30mpg. That's a whopping 1 mpg more (4%) than a base model Corvette, which makes more power.

        Name a V6 which has more power than the 430HP V8 Corvette, bonus points if it gets better mpg. Heck, name a V6 (not flat 6) that makes more than the 300C's 340HP V8 (which gets 25mpg in the 300C, Charge and Challenger).
        • 6 Years Ago
        GT-R's V6 produces 480 hp...

        Why so defensive LS2LS7? He was wrong, doesn't mean you have to bite his head off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's that car in the ad? I saw one on the road last week...
      Really, I did.
      I wasn't on crack or anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It was kind of funny even though I dont like Republicans. Its funny because too many people on the left refuse to admit that people's tastes have an impact on what automakers produce. The average liberal has no idea how a car runs or how hard it is to get an extra 2-3mpg from a car without adding costs. I am still waiting for someone to explain to me how we as a country can advocate cheap gas AND super fuel efficient cars at the same time. Is there a liberal alive who would admit that we cannot blame american automakers for our lack of efficiency in this country? can anyone acknowledge that higher fuel costs force consumers to buy smaller engined cars that get better mileage. I do love all of these conspiracy theories about how Detroit could "easily" make 50mpg cars but just refuse to do so because they hate the environment and are in bed with oil companies. Hey, Toyota doesnt make any 50mpg cars but the anti Big 3 crowd says this stuff can be done overnight if only Detroit were commited.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You're welcome Autoblog. Also, can you fix my ability to post? I'm using this name now because my old one no longer works for commenting. Why?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Same problem here. I think it is an issue with Firefox. I sent two emails to autoblog but no responses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      whoa, enjoy the "International Male" much?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Which part of the faux-ad isn't at least somehwhat based on reality? GM admitted they lost their edge (and the other 2 US car companies did too, they just haven't admitted it yet) and the government did give GM and Chrysler money (Go Ford!). This is just a play on that.

      As for the American v8 vs v6 debate it's already over. The Corvette is a great example.

      Also, the day of the V8 in "the most exotic of cars" was over a long time ago (they're nearly all > 8 cylinder cars).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congressional Motors is a dealership chain that actually exists in the DC area:

      http://www.congressionalmotors.com

      • 6 Years Ago
      Found it: Citicar

      Thanks Wikipedia.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was amused that the fake ad couldn't achieve the lowliness of the actual Citicar -- the motor was only 2.5 or 3 horsepower. Iowahawk's fake ad described "22.5 thumping, carbon-neutral ponies of Detroit muscle"

        Anyway, I liked the idea of this joke, but the interpretation's off a bit since it's too loaded with liberal-bashing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know what would have been even cooler?

      Not approving special tax breaks and write-offs for SUV's and pickups on the argument that they were 'work' vehicles, exempting them from the gas guzzler tax, giving small businesses $100K to buy 6500 lb free Hummers, and giving into Big 3 lobbying to keep our fuel economy standards lower than our foreign competitors.

      Yeah -- about that -- how did keeping our standards lower than our foreign competitors work out?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree the tax write off can be abused (and is a lot), there are people who it really helps (small businesses who need a pickup to haul materials to job sites, etc).

        And if I'm not mistaken, both sides are guilty of giving in on just about anything you can think of.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Big 3 lobbying to keep our fuel economy standards lower than our foreign competitors."

        Our foreign competitors don't have a CAFE equivilent, they have higher gas taxes, something the big-three support.

        As far as the post: As a pretty liberal guy, I see quite a bit of truth in the fake ad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, a V3? They even overcame the physical limitations of the V engine! :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        If that's not a V engine, then the VR6 isn't either and there's nothing "W" about the W engines because they are just two VR6s arrayed and when you array two non-V banks you just end up with a V.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Volkswagen V5 (VR6 with a cylinder missing it seems).

        http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/index.htm?id=13
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a staggered bank inline five engine, it's not a true V config (Does not have 3 on one bank and 2 on the other); all of them share a single bank.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's really not a V truly. It's an Inline-V. I think that's actually what the VR stands for in German. It's a very narrow Vee angle(15 on the 2.8L and 3.2L or 10.6 on the 3.6L) which allows the cylinders to be contained under a single cylinder head.

        But, since they are staggered a bit, it makes the engine more compact than a true Inline 6(or in this case 5) would be.

        Here's a picture of a VR6 block,
        http://www.geocities.com/jamesk900/block.jpg

        More info here,
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VR6

        On a side note, the Golf in that road test link is the same color as my '01 GTI VR6. I really miss that car, I loved that color. I also miss the sound of the VR6 as well, not many 6cyl engines sound that good.
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