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Smart cars gaining US ground!

We have had a Smart car (and, for a while, two) for some time now and they are finally making an impact in the states, according to the Chicago Tribune!

That can only be a good thing. They are *much* more fuel economic than many US cars, great fun to drive with a zippy turbo, have much more boot space than an initial glance would suggest and take up less parking space than most other cars. You can even park two in one parking space (as we have done in the past) or park them at right angles to the kerb (curb in USian) because they are only as long as many cars are wide! ;-p

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daily_rant
Nov. 25th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
What we really need are smart DRIVERS. *snort*

When I was in DC, I saw a lot of Mini-Coopers. They look a lot easier to park, too. I don't know how they rate as far as efficiency but being able to squeeze into half a space would make up for it!
natf
Nov. 26th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Mini Coopers take up MUCH more space than a Smart car, BTW...
launch_pad
Nov. 25th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
I am really excited these are getting good press and enthusiasm here. I think they are great. The only thing that concerns me is that these tiny cars will be on the same roads as large SUVs, and that could make for some bad accidents...
natf
Nov. 26th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
A Smart car is 90% roll-cage (my figure but you get the idea)...
tidesong
Nov. 25th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
I saw a lot of the Smart cars when I was in Germany, and it was quite intriguing!

My worry here is that driving in a tiny car like that, competing against the huge SUVs and other huge vehicles...that if I were driving a Smart and got into an accident, especially in a higher speed freeway, that it'd be a death sentence. :/
natf
Nov. 26th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
A Smart car is 90% roll-cage (my figure but you get the idea)...
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