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What a reach! This is the lamest thing I have read on the internet lately. Sounds like a high-school article.
I enjoyed Sam's article and the photos very much. Nor do I understand the angry and very personal responses it elicited in some readers. To me, it is a well-written and amusing article on a very funny and creative subject.
Having said all that, Sam, how could you have omitted the GM "Impact" (aka the EV1), the world's first electronic car that was virtually killed (no pun intended) as soon as it was released???
Please keep up the good work.
P.S. - MSN apparently does not permit the posting of links, but a good starting point to learn more about the Impact is the Wikipedia article on General Motors EV1.
In June 1996 Motor Trend published an article about the Impact's general release through -- you guessed it -- Saturn dealers on the west coast. By 1996 any association with Saturn would itself have been sufficient to kill a car, whatever you called it.
Finally, on October 23, 2008, a web site called Treehugger ran an article about the sale in British Columbia of an Impact in near-mint condition for CAN$ 465,000. I have no way to assess the accuracy of the information reported by Treehugger, but, if true, it looks like GM got the last laugh.