a motorist because speedos would span a smaller
range, rather than up to 220km/h or higher.
But the suggestion has met with an outspoken
response from an uncharacteristically heated Mr
Gorman, whose company’s new F6 Typhoon
performance sedan was the subject of controversial
debate last week in some newspapers and in a
Melbourne talkback radio interview with Premier
Steve Bracks, who backed the idea.
"If I were an Australian citizen I would frankly
be offended that for some reason I’m the only
human on the planet that is not responsible
enough, and cannot be trusted, to drive a car in the
proper manner," said Mr Gorman, an American,
when questioned by GoAuto on the issue.
"Every other citizen in the world can do that,
except in Australia. And I don’t fully understand
why that is.
"These are the things I would like to talk to
Peter about: what is it that’s in the Australian
make-up that I’m not seeing that is an indication
that as a citizen you are so irresponsible that the
government needs to manage your behaviours in
such a way. I just don’t get it.
"We employ 5000 people, 99 per cent of them in
the state of Victoria, and I think I matter, my company
matters, and if I’m doing something you’re unhappy
with then pick up the phone and call me.
"That didn’t happen so now we’re going to get
into this 'piss and moan' to the press which is not
the way to do business. We need to sit down and
understand what his issue really is. If his issue is
road safety and fatalities on the road and severe
injuries, then we’re totally aligned.
"As the president of the FCAI (Federal
Chamber of Automotive Industries) as well as the
president of Ford, we’re doing a lot on that front,
which involves several activities.
"Number one is road design: