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Nissan has allegedly denounced BMW's contact to supply 4000 "low emission" vehicles for the 2012 London Olympics as a “backwards step” for the capital’s chances of becoming an e-car world leader. BMW_LOCGO Locog's Lord Coe (left) and Ian Robertson of BMW shake hands The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog …

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Nissan?

Big shots getting driven around in a Nissan? You must be joking. They would get laughed at by all there big shot friends.

I'm sure they checked first to make sure the CO2 number was big enough to let them pick a "real" car.

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Falling Leaves

I don't think you would get many East European Shot Putters in a Nissan Leaf.

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FAIL

This really is an epic fail on the part of the organisers.

We've been told for years that the games would be car free. And now they've bought 4000 cars for the games? So they are admitting that they can't run the games without a huge fleet of cars, but Joe Public will be expected to attend the games (paying a fortune for tickets in the process) without using his car. Which of course means that they didn't have to bother building any car parks at the venues and could, therefore, save money on the land they purchased. This was an incredibly short sighted view. Venues without car parks will be incredibly difficult to sell on after the games, at best they will have to sell them at vastly reduced prices. Which means that once it's all over the games will have cost at least as much as they would have done had they forked out for car parking space.

As an exmple British Cycling are almost certain to remain based at the velodrome in Manchester which is widely regarded to be as good as any velodrome in the world if not the absolute best. So there's one venue they're going to have trouble shifting. Or they could have saved themselves a huge wedge and just held the track cycling events in Manchester. Similarly Britain is widely regarded to have some of the best mountain biking facilities in the world, yet the MTB events are to be held a new third rate venue in London. The amount of money spend on new venues in London is a joke. I'm frankly amazed they haven't decided to flood half the east end in order to hold the sailing events locally too.

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CO2

Any chemistry GCSE student can tell you that excessive gas emissions can easily be controlled by the use of a large bung.

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Beemers...

Well, their 118d coincidentally has 119g CO2/km, so they don't need to figure anything special out for those cars

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What a suprise...

What a suprise, rather then awarding the prize to a car that has already been produced and proven and with plans to build production plants in England, the government awards the prize to a car that has not been produced and is only on the drawing board...

No taking bets on how late delivery of these cars will be...

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What?

The Mini is made in the UK, and the Leaf might be. Both are not in production yet. Ideot.

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WTF?

"Integrity": Locog are aware of it.

So when does Seb get the keys to his new (BMW built) Rolls Royce then?

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Exactly...

If Locog follows standard quango procedures then probably all the staff will get free Beemers too. This deal stinks of corruption.

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Would it perhaps be cynical to suggest..

that the overriding concern is the commercials rather than the environmental friendliness. A better deal from a car company trumps coming in at half the target CO2 emission levels.

The olympics are all about money

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Toys...Pram

Ah, the old "slag the competitor's product off" when they fail to win the contract ploy...that'll get them to change their minds.

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Stuff and nonsense

So, Company X says that their pitch was better than Company Y's and that they should have got the contract. Stop the presses.

Fact is, if Nissan's average is 60g/km with the Leaf counting as 0g/km, then their argument is disingenuous, as we won't have achieved 100% zero carbon electricity generation in the UK by 2012, not to mention the carbon cost of the manufacture of the batteries and their transportation from the far east to the UK, all for an event lasting a few weeks.

And yes, economics are a valid consideration. It's your taxes they're spending.

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Probably more to do with

The BMW contract also including new met police cars and bikes, and BMW providing bikes as well as cars for the Olympics. They probably gave a better deal, and given that BMW are knowen to be working on Hydrogen cars over 'leccy they may well be hoping to have something by then.

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Re: Beemers

You wouldn't get many East European Shot Putters into a BMW 1 series either.

Hateful little cars, bought (in the main) by hateful little people...

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I would laugh

at his if it made any difference. This world is so arse about face it is hard to image it could get much worse.

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