The speedometer on my ' Toyota Camry is calibrated up...
The speedometer on my '85 Toyota Camry is calibrated up to 130 mph. Is this because a) it is really capable of going 130 mph b) it provides for a nice, symmetrical layout, with 65 mph being straight up at the top. c) the manufacturer thinks that by calibrating it up to 130 mph, I'll think I'm in a sporty car (a psychological ploy)? By the way, my boyfriend's '83 Toyota Celica Supra speedometer only goes up to 85 mph.
RAY: The answer is "c," Anna. I remember as a kid, peering into the windows of sporty looking cars and seeing what the speedometer went up to. "Wow," I'd say, "this Corvette can go 160!"
TOM: Of course, I never fell for stuff like that.
RAY: No, he was too busy looking in the windows of Deux Chevaux and Ramblers. But I think manufacturers count on that childlike excitement carrying over into adulthood. I mean, you've read all about this "inner child" stuff, right? Well, while the adult is saying, "I'll don't need a car that goes any faster than 75 or 80," the inner child is saying " Holy crow, it does 130! Cool! Let's get this one!" 1100