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txradioguy
11-11-2011, 12:14 PM
Because the U.S. government is seeking more “aggressive fuel economy targets,” and because motorists are increasingly concerned about gas prices, some car manufactures, chief among them General Motors, think they’ve found the answer: replace spare tires with inflator kits.

Wait, what?

You read that right. Here’s the thinking: if manufacturers remove the spare tire and its tools, the car will be 25 pounds lighter and therefore more fuel-efficient.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/check-your-trunk-gm-and-others-canning-spare-tires-to-meet-govt-fuel-economy-targets/

Arroyo_Doble
11-11-2011, 12:25 PM
The 2012 Fiat 500 has an inflator kit. The spare tire and tools are extra.

Rockntractor
11-11-2011, 12:32 PM
The 2012 Fiat 500 has an inflator kit. The spare tire and tools are extra.

That would be handy for you, next time your head goes flat you will have a way to air it up!:idea:

Arroyo_Doble
11-11-2011, 12:41 PM
That would be handy for you, next time your head goes flat you will have a way to air it up!:idea:

I have an unusually large melon. It would take two.

Elspeth
11-11-2011, 03:31 PM
Cutting off your nose to spite your face, as my nana used to say.

Odysseus
11-11-2011, 09:08 PM
I have an unusually large melon. It would take two.

I've wondered what keeps it from collapsing. Nature abhors a vacuum.

marv
11-12-2011, 11:40 AM
'Course if you buy a Chevy Volt, a fire extinguisher and hazmat suit (http://www.freep.com/article/20111111/BUSINESS0101/111111039/Chevrolet-Volt-catches-fire-weeks-after-crash-prompting-closer-look-safety?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE) might be appropriate.

Odysseus
11-12-2011, 06:30 PM
'Course if you buy a Chevy Volt, a fire extinguisher and hazmat suit (http://www.freep.com/article/20111111/BUSINESS0101/111111039/Chevrolet-Volt-catches-fire-weeks-after-crash-prompting-closer-look-safety?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE) might be appropriate.

Ah, the Ford Pinto for the new millennium.