• Short Summary

    Soaring oil prices and a curious loop-hole in French low have paved the way for a new miniature vehicle, which is taking Paris streets by storm.

  • Description

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    GV Mini car in Champs d'Elysee, Paris, other cars passing
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    2.
    GV Mini car parked in small gap between two other cars
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    3.
    SV Steering system at the front (2 shots)
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    4.
    SV Breaking system on rear wheels
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    5.
    GV Group of onlookers
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    6.
    SV INTERIOR Mini car
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    SV & CU Man opening bonnet and showing petrol tank
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    8.
    CU & PULL BACK Battery
    1.28

    9.
    GV Mini car turning on its own axis and being parked again
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    Background: Soaring oil prices and a curious loop-hole in French low have paved the way for a new miniature vehicle, which is taking Paris streets by storm. To drive the mini car you need no licence, or number plates, and it fits four to a parking meter.

    SYNOPSIS: Fifteen thousand of the new breed car came off the production lines last year (1979) alone. its popularity is undoubtedly due to the fact it is the ideal city car. The small size, it's only two metres (yards) long and a little over a metre wide, enables it to fit into even the tiniest space left between cars. And you can't even pick up a parking ticket because French law doesn't recognise the mini as a car. The reason is the mini car's engine, it's less than 50 cc, the same size as used for mopeds, an any one over 16 can drive such an engine. It is mounted on the front suspension, and turns with the wheels. There is no lock, so a full turn means the vehicle will drive backwards. a three-gear automatic transmission means the 47cc Sachs engine powers the mini car to a maximum speed of over 23 kmh (17 mph). Not much for the breaks to handle, but enough power to produce a defending noise.

    The interior is far from spacious. But its petrol consumption makes it cheaper than public transport. At around three and a half litres per 100 kilometres (over 78 mpg) a full fuel tank gives the mini car range of 450 kms (250 miles).

    But there is a drawback to the mini car, its price. Five thousand U.S. dollars is a hefty sum to fork out. The marks hope mass production will make the mini car the ideal town car -- at a low cost all round.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAELSD0WTGIE5VWM9SZRFW0OZ0G
    Media URN:
    VLVAELSD0WTGIE5VWM9SZRFW0OZ0G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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