Re: Tailight colours - regarding amber vs red turn signals, european cars.
Oh I know where they come from, I see them every day on the thousands of
American cars I see driving around.... Which is why I am disapointed to see
some Euro cars going this route.
Was wondering if Europe didn't actually have laws for signal colours, or if
they make different tail lamps for over here (I would have to wonder why
waste the money).
"Peter K L Milnes" <Peter.K.L.Milnes@btinternet.com> wrote in message
> Out of interest Rob, the red turn signals come from the earlier American
> cars which had huge light displays at the rear. One side would flash for a
> turn and both sides would come on when braking. Thus all rear facing lamps
> were red.
> Cheers, Peter.
> "Rob Guenther" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> So you're telling me, that on the new Jetta (where this actually stemmed
>> from after looking at one at the dealer... as we own 2 VW's as well as a
>> Volvo) where 1/2 of the outside round lamp is a red indicator lamp, that
>> in Europe it will have to be amber?.... Guess if I end up buying one, i'd
>> buy some European lights for it (I think red's look ugly for one, and are
>> not as effective, for two).... This swings my what new car to get
>> descision more to the Volvo S40, which I can get for just a bit more then
>> a new Jetta (Ford X-plan, thru Magna Int') - I like the S40 in general
>> better - but I'm worried about the stigma as a luxury brand affecting my
>> insurance premiums (since I'll be 22 or so if I get the car sometime in
>> the next 18 months)... I like the Jetta interior better (tho the Volvo
>> one is probably technically better: better seats, nicer radio, cleaner
>> "athol" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>> Rob Guenther <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>> BUT NOW.... I am seeing red turn signals and almost American style
>>>> combination running/stopping/turning signal clusters, almost American
>>>> Did Europe never have a law saying you HAVE to have amber turn
>>>> signals - and the manufacturers are just now making red signals... or
>>>> are we
>>>> getting North American style lights here only... Look at the Jetta
>>>> Porsche 911's I have seen with red lights, new Jetta, some newer
>>> They are north american specific. In the real world outside the
>>> FMVSS lunacy, red rear indicators have been banned for many decades.
>>> Similarly, front parking lights in the rest of the world are white not
>>> yellow, and the light patterns of headlights are far more effective.
>>> <http://cust.idl.com.au/athol> Linux Registered User # 254000
>>> The state of Australia's infrastructure is a national disgrace.
>>> I'm a Libran Engineer. I don't argue, I discuss.