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Since its birth over 20 years ago, the SUV - Sport Utility Vehicle - has defied the odds to become an American auto phenomenon. It's evolved from a basic off-road truck into the "king of bling" ultimate auto status symbol. Nothing else satisfies America's obsession with super-sized vehicles quite like an SUV. But it's also one of the most controversial and divisive vehicles in history - from the 90s "rollover scandal" that became the biggest car safety issue ever seen in America to the sustained opposition of many environmental groups to the SUV's gas-guzzling reputation. The Inside Story presents the ups and downs of one of the most enduring success stories ever unleashed on American roads. We trace the SUV's unique history with first person opinion and recollection from key industry insiders. Executives and engineers from within the walls of the Big 3 automakers, auto journalists and writers - plus the people who drive them: the SUV customers.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000PDZRU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Fulton J. Waterloo on June 24, 2012
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This one hour movie is basically the "film version" of Keith Bradsher's HIGH AND MIGHTY, which is a de-facto history of sport utility vehicles in America. If you want to know why America will never embark on a comprehensive energy policy until a crisis occurs, this film will demonstrate that Americans are incapable of ANY honesty about the travesty of the sport utility vehicle. It's all here folks: affluent (and brainless) soccer moms maintaining they "need" a 5000 pound, $75,000 SUV to drop little "Seymour" off at school. Or how about crass marketing to "pioneer fantasies" of frustrated American men, or the fears of American women, who seem to believe they are safer in a poorly engineered vehicle with a high center of gravity? In the movie, Mary Sipes, head of SUV development at General Motors, recounts how she made the male engineers wear skirts and pumps, so they could better relate to women's "needs" in a vehicle; door handles are not discussed as a safety or durability issue, but whether the design might break a woman's nails! Jason Vines, who , like a bad NFL Assistant Coach, just seems to keep resurfacing with another team, shows why we should never trust a "public relations" representative. He makes a total "burro" of himself, confusing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides with the emmission of carbon dioxide, which is directly proportional to the fuel economy of a vehicle. He also maintains a Chevy Suburban with eight people on board would be getting better fuel economy that a Honda(?) Prius(!) with only a driver. Well, no stuff! There is only one problem: on my trip to work, I see 90% of these behemouths carrying only one or two people.Read more ›
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