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What Kind Of Car Would Fred Flintstone Drive Now?

Posted by Saurav who is a Search Engine Optimisation engineer working for used cars company in the UK. Since he was a kid he has had a passion for racing whether it is to do with cars or motorbikes.

When I first watched the Flintstones, I thought Fred’s car was pretty ridiculous. A pretty basic model made completely out of stone, wood, and animal skins, no windows or doors and powered entirely by the passengers feet. My inner ‘Jeremy Clarkson’ cringed at the prospect. But as time has gone on, I’ve realised that manufacturers (and myself) want to be more like Fred Flintstone than we realise.

Fred Flintstone actually drives one of the rarest hybrid cars in automotive history and manufacturers would kill to have a zero-emissions model like Fred’s – no CO2 emissions, no nasty fuel costs and no annoying repair bills. The ‘Flintmobile’ is the perfect ‘green’ car.

Fred Flinstone

Photo credit to: Stephen B Whatley – http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenbwhatley/2912088094/

I’ve even heard that Mr Flintstone has even become the inspiration of future car makers when students at San Jose State University created a zero-emissions vehicle that takes pedal power to a new level by adding solar panels and silicone batteries. Mad!

So it got me thinking, if Fred Flintstone was around today, what would he drive? With so many hybrid cars on the market, Mr Flintstone would be spoilt for choice…
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‘Flintmobile’ Style: Honda Element

If style is what Mr Flintstone is after then he can’t go wrong with the Honda Element. Granted, it’s pretty ugly but its boxy style and rectangular appearance looks distinctively similar to Fred’s ‘Flintmobile’ so the caveman won’t feel too far out of his comfort zone. He’ll also be spoilt for choice with its 64 seating configurations, real time™ 4WD (great for those rocky roads) and wide-opening cargo doors. The Honda i-VTEC® technology boasts reduced emissions and higher fuel efficiency to keep Fred green but it isn’t 100% zero-emission free.

It’s only the zero emission why Fred will buy a Honda it is because of the image below (Yabba dabba doo).

Honda brand girs

Photo credit to: welovecrv – http://www.flickr.com/photos/78698450@N00/320315070/
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The Wife’s Choice: Lexus HS 250h

If Wilma has her way, Fred’s new car would be the 2010 Lexus HS 250h sedan. It might not be as big or bulky as the Honda Element but it’s certainly more luxurious. The HS 250h boasts 35 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway and qualifies as a Super-Ultra-Low-Emission-Vehicle (SULEV). More importantly (for the wife), it offers a whole host of electronic gadgetry such as Bluetooth connectivity, a heads-up instrument display, a front-view monitor with a 190-degree angle of view, adaptive cruise control and navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, and casual-speech voice recognition. The HS also includes leather trim, a moon roof, and swathes of insulation and thicker materials to reduce the noise, vibration and harshness – Wilma won’t know what’s hit her!

Lexus hs 250h
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For Fred’s Pocket: Nissan LEAF

If Fred truly wants to stick to his roots and stay with a zero-emissions car, he might want to consider the Nissan LEAF – the world’s first affordable, mass produced zero emissions car. The LEAF is powered by an array of thin, laminated lithium ion cells capable of delivering over 90 kW of power and boasts a top speed of over 140 km/h (87 mph). The LEAF also the perfect family hatchback, featuring four-to-five seats, a large boot space and plenty of room at the front and rear for real-sized adults.

Nissan LEAF 2011
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