Bottle-opener in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI 30

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    - UK Department for Transport


    I've just finished reading the 'Motoring' section in today's Independent, and in their 'The Verdict' review of the new Golf GTI Edition 30 one the reviewers wrote that it includes "a bottle-opener in the centre console..."

    Given the number of deaths on the roads each year and 'boy racer' tag associated with the Golf GTI is this not irresponsible, leaning towards being offensive?

    Or am I just sounding like an overreacting 'Daily Mail reader'?
     
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I suppose it could be argued that there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks that require a bottle opener for you to get into them. I suppose that you could also argue that while a driver is concentrating on opening his beverage (non-alcoholic or otherwise) he isn't properly concentrating on the road.

    Of course, it would be fine for a passenger to use it or for the driver to open a bottle of pop when parked. I'll stay off the righteous fury in this instance. :)
     
  3. nw43 macrumors regular

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    Yep ;) , but then the Independent is basically something of a left-wing Daily Mail (Typical Headline: Global Warming - We're all doomed!)

    Actually, I bought it today also and read that article. But the bottle opener is nothing new - my parents have had a Golf Plus (hardly a boy racer's car) for a while and it also came with a bottle opener.
     
  4. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    It is a gimicky thing, like the American Golfs which had a stereo system into which you could plug in a a guitar. It is just as dangerous to drive and play "Stairway to Heaven" as it is to drive and open a bottle, possibly as dangerous as it is to drink and drive.

    Obviously, if you are stupid enough to drink and drive, not having a bottle opener in your dash will not stop you, and having it will make all of your passengers and root-beer drinking children quite happy.
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Well, the passengers could still drink beer. So long as the driver's not drink-driving it's OK.
     
  6. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Not necessarily – in some places (including certain parts of the States, I believe) it is illegal for an open container of alcohol to be in a vehicle, whether the driver has drunk any of it or not.
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yeah but I'm not in any of those places so I don't care. :p

    So long as the driver hasn't been drinking it doesn't matter what the passengers are drinking.
     
  8. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I thought it was all throughout the US? :eek:

    Yup, no open alcoholic beverage or container in the passenger areas (incld. driver), basically you could put it in the trunk I guess.
     
  9. Queso macrumors G4

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    But isn't Babycham screw-top? I thought that's what all Golf owners drank :confused:
     
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Of course – you're Australian. Don't bottle openers come as standard on Utes? :p

    You're probably right – it's just something I remember reading and I couldn't recall if it was a nationwide thing or not.
     
  11. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, it's a federal law. Here's info from the NHSTA. Individual states can choose not to enforce it (I'm not sure if any do) at the cost of federal funding.

    I have no problem with them including a bottle opener... I actually find it kind of cool.
     
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    But I think that most of them are of the alcoholic variety.


    I don't know. If I had one in my car, I wouldn't use it for beer, and so I'm hoping it would be the same for other people. I don't trust everyone elses judgement though, so for my own safety, I'd rather VW take it out. :p
     
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Just replace it with something more useful, like a Trojan dispenser. ;)
     

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