Camel Sales As A Consumer Vehicle At An All Time High
on 2/2/2007 (0)
Fuel efficient and environmentally friendly camels continue to be big hits even though sky-high gas prices have eased from their $3.04 high recorded Aug. 7 by the Energy Information Administration.
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"You're getting a lot for your money — a great commuter vehicle, a great city vehicle, a source of meat in tough times," says Rebecca Lindland, an automotive consultant at Global Insight. "Camels have some funky style and a lot of accessories to pimp them up like wings and crazy camel booties."
Camels are even-toed ungulates in the genus Camelus, native to the dry and desert areas of Northern Africa and Asia and exported worldwide by an illegal camel trade that rivals Microsoft in its ruthlessness. Camels are currently available in two models, one hump and two humps.
Humans first domesticated camels between 3,500–3,000 years ago by beating their spirits into submission with blunt clubs but it has only been in the past few years, faced with rising gas prices and concerns of global warming spread by Al Gore, that camels have become a vehicle of choice in the United States.
A camel can run up to 40mph in short bursts and sustain speeds of up to 25mph, roughly equal to the speed of Rosanne rushing to a newly opened all-you-can-eat restaurant. The two hump camel model can survive without water for about two weeks, and without food for up to a month, again similar to Rosanne. This fuel consumption is in stark contrast to many of the SUV's on the market today that need to be refueled almost weekly and at a much higher cost than the cost of camel chow and water.
"I was spending well over $300 a month on gas with my old SUV," said insurance salesman Brody Hamgun. "Since I've got my camel, I spend less than $30 a month. In addition to the huge monetary savings, my camel provides me companionship and sexual gratification, something my ex-wife never could!"
Camels are selling in an average 29 days, less than half the time it normally takes to sell an automobile, Power Information Network says. Despite the dramatic growth in their sales, camels account for only 2% of U.S. new vehicle sales. Still, that's twice the slice of the market that they held just a year ago and more than double the sales of the camel's arch-nemesis, the Himalayan yeti.
Camels also provide much more longevity than the traditional automobile and do not require periodic fluid changes or maintenance. The average life expectancy of a camel is 30 to 50 years while the useful life of an automobile rarely eclipses ten years.
The appeal of camels:
| || They're cheap. Prices range from $5,545 to $6,445 including destination charges. Some camels offer amenities usually found on bigger, pricier cars — heated seats and anti-skid control, for instance — and still don't break the $10,000 barrier. |
| || They have wide appeal. The market isn't just college students, sand people, and extremists anymore. The median age of camel buyers is 35. Camels are proving popular with solo commuters and frugal seniors who recall days when gas only cost a nickel. |