China's New "Little Car" aka "The Highway Suppository"
Here's a one seater car that will get you back around on the cheap. This $600 Volkswagen's car gets 258 mpg, 109.687 km/l or 0.9 litre per 100 km!!!
source: Thai Visa.com

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What does suppository mean in this context?

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    When you looked up "suppository" in the dictionary, what did you find? – deadrat Sep 19 '15 at 5:35
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    Please supply more context. A link to the article (with a photo of the car) would be helpful. The sentence might be using "suppository" in reference to the shape of the car, or to something else. – Brian Hitchcock Sep 19 '15 at 11:07
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    A bit of a reality check: the article about the supposedly 1-seat, 258-mpg, $600 car has been circulating since at least 2009. It is loosely based on the VW L-1 concept car (1liter per 100 km). The L-1 was a two-seater and had a projected price around $25k. truthorfiction.com/vwl1 So it's more like somebody pulling "facts" out of their ass. Maybe that's why it's "suppository"—the story depends on a number of false suppositions! – Brian Hitchcock Sep 19 '15 at 12:42
  • I'm very tempted to downvote because it doesn't take much effort to say "where" you found the quote, and to provide a minimum amount of context e.g. a photo. But I am voting to close for lack of basic research. – Mari-Lou A Sep 19 '15 at 15:46
  • What is the Chinese name for this car? I have a feeling that Highway Suppository was translated from Chinese SaiJi which in English can mean suppository but can also refer to a medicine that relieves constipation or fevers. The idea could mean it's a Highway Relief...although I'm not sure that makes sense as a one-seater is just going to create more cars on the highway. – michael_timofeev Sep 20 '15 at 3:02

This is saying that their new little car is like a pill (both little), to the crowded highways. Just as we use a suppository for a solution to constipation (crowded poop), this is a small solution to the crowded highways.

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    An interesting conjecture, but have you any source or justification for that explanation? In AmE a laxative might be in suppository form, but if it is, we would not call it a "pill". Could the "suppository" perhaps literally refer to the shape of the car, rather than metaphorically to a purgative effect? – Brian Hitchcock Sep 19 '15 at 11:03
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    @BrianHitchcock I mentioned that it is referring to the car. I said they are both little, which they are. Also, look at the first sentence of this: webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-56185/adult-suppositories-rectal/details and also look up the meaning of "suppository"... "a solid medical preparation in a roughly conical or cylindrical shape." I imagine that's describing a pill. – Michael Rader Sep 19 '15 at 11:09
  • I'm with Brian Hitchcock on this one. It's very likely that it means that it 'relieves highway constipation' but I think we need to wait for more context from the OP before we can be sure. – chasly from UK Sep 19 '15 at 11:20
  • @chaslyfromUK you don't need more context from the OP, just look up the car and look up it's function. lol – Michael Rader Sep 19 '15 at 11:24
  • Well, in USA we don't put a "pill" up our ass. So there is a difference. – Brian Hitchcock Sep 19 '15 at 11:24

At a guess, someone was struck by the car's extremely rounded lines and small size, and for some reason "suppository"

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sprang to mind. The verbal image is striking enough that the usage has caught on.

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