Mexican car described as a "tortilla", and lazy, feckless,
by James Denison - 2/20/11 12:20 PM
...and flatulent, like the Mexican national character. So said a British TV show, Top Gear. Hey, at least it's not called "Burroetta".
Also reminds me of a vehicle that passed me on way to church this morning. I looked in my rearview and something odd was approaching. It turned out to be the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. Yep, that's exactly what it had on the rear was "Weinermobile". Is there only one of those?
The maxim that every cloud has a silver lining was never truer than for Mexico's Mastretta car company, which gained global attention after being ridiculed on a British television show, AFP reported Friday.
Now Mastretta hopes to parlay its new-found fame into greater car sales, even though the popular BBC program "Top Gear" dismissed the cars produced by the Mexican car maker as "lazy," "feckless" and "flatulent" -- qualities it said paralleled the national character.
The company's marquis vehicle -- the sleek sports car Mastretta MXT -- was also derided as little more than a giant "tortilla" on wheels.
The resulting imbroglio became a full-scale diplomatic incident, with Mexico angrily demanding a retraction from the broadcaster.