Denny’s Daily Zinger: Marketing a 200 M.P.G. Automobile

It should be a cake-walk.

The market: Consumers who are having our pockets picked by the greedy oil companies charging $4.00 for a gallon of gas. In Europe, it’s more like $11.00 a gallon.

The product: A two-seat Volkswagen 2014 XL 1 with its 22nd century design. It features gull-wing doors, a top speed of 99 m.p.h. and can go 200 miles on a gallon of gas.

This is not a dream. It’s in production in Europe right now.

Marketing this thing should be (to coin a phrase) like taking candy from a baby. An agency, P.R. person, copywriter and TV spot producer would go into orbit if offered the opportunity to work on this baby.

Just three problems:

1. The Department of Transportation has deemed it unsafe and would require too many modifications. As a result, it can only be sold in Europe.

Given problem No. 1 above, the other two problems are moot.

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at