- king of the road or gas guzzler? |
To some they are the ultimate
in freedom, to others they represent a major threat that could enslave us all.
We're talking 4x4s... and the mud-slinging may have only just begun between
those who love them and those who think they are just too big for our roads.
Out investigates the 4x4 controversy and looks at two very different points of
It's the car that gets everyone in
a heated debate - the 4x4.
Users say they're comfortable and safest for
Campaigners say they're endangering other people's children
to say nothing of destroying the planet.
We put Vicky Harrison a Greenpeace
campaigner and Neil Brownlee who owns three 4x4s in the car together and let them
argue it out.
Neil Brownlee loves his Land-Rovers. But not everyone's impressed
by Neil's passion.
Greenpeace campaigner Vicky Harrison thinks people like
him are public enemy number one.
While Neil spends his weekends having
fun in his 4x4s, Vicky spends hers protesting against them.
demonstrating at a Land-Rover dealership in Neil's home town of Northampton.
has specifically targeted the 4x4 company, accusing it of selling gas-guzzling
cars which contribute towards global warming.
At the Brownlee household
choosing a different car means deciding what Land Rover to drive.
got a fleet of three - mum's already left for work in hers - so the kids get to
choose between the V8 Discovery and the V8 Range Rover - both cars top Greenpeace's
climate hit list.
The kids love the cars so much they've even given them
On the road
Vicky agrees to go for a spin with Neil
once the children have been dropped off.
She's concerned about greenhouse
gases due to what she says are the high fuel consumption of the vehicles - and
safety, particularly children being knocked over by the bumper.
and Neil agree... to disagree on 4x4s|
Neil disagrees - and
reckons by dropping the children on his way to work he isn't making an unnecessary
Land Rover didn't want to take part in our report - but they did
tell us that 97% of sales of the new Discovery are diesel models which average
around 30 miles to the gallon.
Meanwhile Neil and Vicky will never agree.
During a heated debate Vicky asks Neil, "don't you care about your
children - they're going to inherit the planet".
Neil retorts, "They're
going to inherit a 4 x 4!"
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