Financial Times Article – Is this the same world I live in?

I receive the Financial Times daily in my mailbox.  It was received as part of cashing in all of my airline miles for 32 magazine and newspaper subscriptions a year ago to avoid losing my miles.

In Monday's paper, I read THIS ARTICLE about Bentley's automobile sales.

This line caught my eye …

… Mr. Paefgen said Bentley was a small producer of emissions.  "First of all, it is only 10,000 cars (per year) but also most of our customers have three, four, or five cars so they don't drive their Bentley so much," he said.  "A lot of our cars might even be zero-emission cars because they are standing in a garage all year."

An average Bentley starts out at over $200,000.  And "a lot … of the cars are standing in a garage all year"

Is this the same world I live in?

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4 Responses to “Financial Times Article – Is this the same world I live in?”

  1. moneymonk December 19, 2007 at 12:05 pm #

    You have to remeber in the “Bentley” world, that is normal.

    They look at $200,000 the same way we look at $200. A Bentley is almost like a toy to the rich.

  2. Matt Singley December 19, 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    Strangely (sadly?) it is the world I live in. Or at least *near*. My church is smack dab in the middle of Bel Air in Los Angeles. I’m about to take my lunch break, and I guarantee you that I will see at least a handful of Bentleys on my way to and from the restaurant. So they aren’t all garaged! Some of them are driving around the same streets my Chrysler uses…

  3. Saving Freak December 19, 2007 at 10:00 pm #

    OK, one year later and I am still laughing about you getting 32 magazine and newspaper subscriptions with your airline miles. That is absolutely hilarious!! You cannot pay people to write things this funny!

  4. Aaron Stroud December 20, 2007 at 8:46 pm #


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