Death of a Dream - Part 1

Reprint of Chicago Tribune series on death of the PNGV program.

Published: 05-Feb-2003

One was gold, another was silver. Yet another was a bold blue. One employed tiny video cameras in place of rearview mirrors. Another had vents on the front grill that popped up only when the engine needed air. The third used the braking energy to help power the radio and headlights.

Most important, all got great gas mileage: more than 70 miles per gallon.

A crowd of 300 dignitaries – congressmen and Cabinet members, scientists and lobbyists – gathered this March morning at a Washington conference center to celebrate the cars' unveiling. When Vice President Al Gore arrived, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" blared on the sound system.

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