Clarkson finds the soul of America's trucks... in a Volkswagen van?

After waxing loquaciously about Americans' lack of class struggle, inner outdoorsmen, and their 'barbaric' tendencies, Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson finally winds up at something four-wheeled: a Volkswagen (Transporter) T30 TDI 174 Sportline, what he figures is the UK's equivalent of a U.S. pickup truck. Clarkson finds the van "jolly big," with enough room up front to sit three with their load of chicken feed. But it's the Transporter's speed that gives him an inkling as to what it must be like to drive a quick American truck: 0 to 62 in 12.2 seconds, all in a chrome-wheeled vehicle too big for most parking spaces. (Umm...  if you think the VeeDub's fast, Jer-- we've got something in a Dodge Ram SRT-10 to show you)
Would he buy one? Weeehl... no. Clarkson sees no other purpose for the van after dropping off his purchases. More chicken feed for us, then.

[Source: Times Online]

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