Arnold Schwarzenegger bought a totally reasonable-sized car

As Yahoo astutely points out, Arnold Schwarzenegger actually signed into law some of the strictest fuel-economy rules ever enacted while he was governor, so maybe this new customized, $250,000 Mercedes Unimog U1300 runs on biodiesel, or better yet, hippies. Burning hippies creates excellent green energy, as long as you don’t mind the smell.

The former California governor is celebrating his long-awaited return to acting by purchasing a $250,000 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300, a multipurpose monster truck. The Terminator star unveiled his new ride on Thursday while driving around Santa Monica.

Described as the ultimate all-terrain vehicle, the Unimog has been designed to fight forest fires, perform rescue operations and perform military-related duties.

So how does a military grade vehicle handle the roads of Santa Monica? Well, Schwarzenegger’s Unimog had to be specifically modified by Mertec, a German company, to properly handle L.A. terrain. Although Schwarzenegger purchased his new Unimog for cruising beachfront cities, it is actually the choice army vehicle for many countries including the United States, Britain and Germany. [TorqueNews]

Yes, the “ultimate all-terrain” vehicle indeed, provided that terrain is rated for 10,000 pounds and has 15 feet of clearance. Not that I’m complaining. I’m all for the strictest fuel-economy rules, but I also don’t want to live in a world that doesn’t allow exceptions for Arnold Schwarzenegger to drive a ridiculously-huge car. Look what happened when the poor bastard tried to drive a Smart Car: