Dickens had first used a similar term in his previous novel, The Pickwick Papers. At the close of Chapter 16, Sam Weller refers to the recent schemes of Mr Jingle: "Reg'lar do, sir; artful dodge."
Dual-fuel vehicles provide an artful dodge against the higher fuel standards that are being pushed on automakers. Yesterday Ford even committed to making half of its passenger cars run on Ethanol by 2012. National Public Radio looks at the dubious reasons automakers are pushing home-grown fuels as a way of reducing dependency on foreign oil--even as they begin a full-court media press against higher CAFE standards. 2b1af7f3a8