I’m always impressed by Jeremy Clarkson’s unflagging support for the historically rubbish British Motor Industry. Clarkson would compare a BMW coupe to a similar model Jag and when the Jag catches fire, Clarkson would dun the German for not keeping him as warm. Loathe though he may be to admit it, but British cars are – on average – crap. And this admission is coming from someone who dearly loves, and has gone to far as to own a bunch of British iron over the years.
I’m also a resident of the US of A, and here we have our own automotive crosses to bear. For me, what chaps my asphalt about American cars is the fact that they’re just so American. For every world-class interior there’s another that wouldn’t look out of place in a Waffle House. For every efficient and engaging engine, there’s another that’s nothing but a big lump of noise and low end.
I don’t hate ’em, and in fact there are certain aspects of our nation’s stereotypical automotive features that I like. But that’s the thing, isn’t it? You may have a ne’er do well brother whom you dearly love, but when he gets drunk is a total pain in the butt. You don’t take him out behind the shed, you take the bad with the good and go on with your life. What I want to know today is, what is it about your nation’s automotive reputation that makes you do the same?
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