Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality Associated Press
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Updated 9:06 am, Thursday, February 28, 2013
The automakers' marketing departments are happy to give people the illusion that their family car can travel at speeds rivaling a NASCAR racer.
Last year, speedometer top speeds for new versions of the mainstream Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu were increased from 120 or 140 mph to 160, which approaches speeds on some NASCAR tracks.
All are midsize family haulers, the most popular segment of the U.S. auto market, and like most new cars, have top speeds that seldom exceed 120 mph.
The Yaris got its 140 mph speedometer in a redesign for the 2012 model year, giving it the same top reading as the original 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
When people are comparison shopping, cars with higher speedometer readings appear to be sportier, and buyers favor them even though they have no intention of driving over 100.
"People really want to see higher numbers, " said Fawaz Baltaji, a business development manager for Yazaki North America, a large supplier of speedometers for auto companies.
[...] research has found that most people like the needle to hit highway speeds at the top of the speedometer's circle, said Yazaki's Baltaji.
The limit was short-lived, overturned two years later by President Ronald Reagan, who campaigned on a pledge to end onerous government regulations.
At present, the government has no plans to reinstate speedometer limits or regulate top speeds, saying there's no evidence to show it would prevent crashes.
"Ultimately, drivers are subject to speed limits mandated by the states regardless of the top speed listed on a vehicle speedometer, " NHTSA spokeswoman Lynda Tran said.
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