The Internet and pop culture have funny ways of making cars infamous. Top Gear made enthusiasts think the Reliant Robin will tip over in a light breeze. Car websites and forums helped make the Camry Dent a thing. Enthusiasts assume a Prius is going to be driven at exactly the speed limit in the left lane, a Ram pickup is driven by someone who is drunk, and the driver of a Piech-era Volkswagen probably makes bad financial decisions. Even the Nissan Altima isn’t safe.
“Big Altima Energy” is a meme with a bunch of generalizations. Basically, Big Altima Energy (and there’s a whole Facebook group about it) involves a driver showing a blatant disregard for the law and the safety of themselves and everyone else. Picture a Nissan Altima racing through traffic at over 100 mph barely missing other cars as the driver threads the needle. Big Altima Energy also suggests the Altima in question will have all sorts of damage, an illuminated check engine light, and may even be driving on a donut spare or a few. I mean, just watch this parody:
So, when you’re presented with a 2005 Chevy Impala or a 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R, what do you choose? EmotionalSupportBMW has made the choice pretty clear:
Why have Big Altima Energy? When you can have the Biggest Altima Energy! They are going to have to add an 8th trumpet, because you’re redlining that VQ every time. You’re bring the 8th deadly sin, impatience. The title will be mailed with divorce papers. What are you divorcing? Traffic laws. Tailgate an ambulance. Terrorize your local freeway so much, NATO sends in a peace keeping mission. Race a 747, on an active runway! No Gods, no masters, only Altima.
Or buy the Impala and accept your place among regular traffic.
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been out of the virtual Autopian office driving a few things as well as driving to Detroit and back. It’s a 6-hour drive one-way, so even if a press event is just a couple of hours, it’s an all-day deal. Flying is only slightly quicker and a lot more expensive. I’ve now been to Detroit and back three times in the past month alone, and I fear I’m beginning to memorize the billboards on I-94.
Anyway, I missed last week’s Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness and a few COTDs. So, I’ll nominate a second comment today!
David went to a UAW picket line and did something you don’t see too often by giving workers a voice and a platform. In doing so, he showed the human side of labor disputes. Thevenin seems to agree:
I just want everyone to take a moment and appreciate how important it is that David Tracy is going out and talking to the workers rather than just talking about them.
America needs more of this.
Have a great evening, everyone!