The open speed limits on Germanyâ€™s Autobahns have been under attack in recent times with the latest claim being that the introduction of a maximum speed limit (130kmh) would reduce emissions, slow global warming and stem the soon to rise seas. Oddly, a voice of reason has emanated from non-other than Toyota of Germany. Markus Schrick, vice president of Toyota Deutschland had the following to say to Automotive News Europe.
â€œBeing able to drive without restrictions on the autobahns is the unique selling point for Germany.â€
Schrick went on to say that a fixed speed limit would do little to reduce CO2 emissions - like I said, a voice of reason. As if reducing Autobahn speeds would make any worthwhile difference.
Now this is really quite an interesting stance for a company like Toyota, the worlds largest manufacturer of automotive white goods and what it highlights is a change of attitude, due mainly to Toyotaâ€™s move back into the performance car realm with their new Lexus IS-F and the upcoming V10 Lexus supercar based on the LF-A Concept.
The Automotive News Europe article also revealed Toyotaâ€™s plan to re-introduce the Celica sports coupe into Europe in 2009. The Celica name-plate was last seen in 2005 and was representative of capable but boring FWD four-cylinder coupes. Lets hope this time around they take a leaf out of Hyundaiâ€™s book and use a RWD chassis with something reasonable under the hood â€“ and then bring it to Australia.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]