Paradigm shift – Fiat 500 to Toyota Land Cruiser

Paradigm shift – Fiat 500 to Toyota Land Cruiser

We’ve gone from one of the smallest cars to one of the biggest. The Fiat 500 has been replaced with a Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s like replacing a hamster with an elephant. Sure, they’re both mammals, but one of them hits a bit heavier (and consumes more food).

The Land Cruiser is bound to receive some unwanted attention from cyclists who will bemoan its gargantuan size. (I’m not even going to try to fit it in the garage.) What I will do, though, is explain that it’s far better than cycling because a) it’s comfortable and warm; and b) I don’t have to breathe the fumes of other people in big diesel V8 SUVs.

Oh yeah, it’s also got this wicked satellite navigation so I don’t have to pull over to the side of the road, get a map out of my backpack and stand there shivering in the winter’s air like I would if I was on a bike. Today was a day of more stormy weather, a landslide in Torbay, a tornado down-country. So, I may be driving an ‘elephant’, but compared to all those people walking and cycling, who’s the Dumbo?

We’ve gone from one of the smallest cars to one of the biggest. The Fiat 500 has been replaced with a Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s like replacing a hamster with an elephant. Sure, they’re both mammals, but one of them hits a bit heavier (and consumes more food).

The Land Cruiser is bound to receive some unwanted attention from cyclists who will bemoan its gargantuan size. (I’m not even going to try to fit it in the garage.) What I will do, though, is explain that it’s far better than cycling because a) it’s comfortable and warm; and b) I don’t have to breathe the fumes of other people in big diesel V8 SUVs.

Oh yeah, it’s also got this wicked satellite navigation so I don’t have to pull over to the side of the road, get a map out of my backpack and stand there shivering in the winter’s air like I would if I was on a bike. Today was a day of more stormy weather, a landslide in Torbay, a tornado down-country. So, I may be driving an ‘elephant’, but compared to all those people walking and cycling, who’s the Dumbo?

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