Smart Fortwo Smart Car now selling in the United States

Smart Car Fortwo

Smart car starts selling in USA

The Penske Auto Group, though smartUSA, began selling Smart Fortwo autos January 17th, 2008.

Europeans have been buying these for years.  Canadians could get one since 2004.  Paris Hilton drove one around LA.  What is it?  It is the Smart Car.

 Dashboard, Smart Car

High mileage and “smart” styling, complete with comfort and safety, is built into a car that is only 8′ 8″ long.  You could park two of these in a single standard parking space.  

The Smart Fortwo has been optimized for the American market giving it more room inside and a larger, more powerful engine.  This gives the Smart Car as much person room for its two seats and better acceleration than my Chevrolet Aveo.  Not bad for a class of autos that have maligned since the “Yugo” was nicknamed the “NoGo”. 

Although, only model available in the United States is the standard gasoline model, the hybrid Daimler (yes, as in Daimler Mercedes Benz) has been making since October of 2007 is a future intrigue. 

Daimler claims this version consumes approximately 8 percent less fuel in the combined driving cycle and even up to 20 percent less fuel in urban traffic, which also results in greatly reduced CO2 emissions.”

Considering that the Smart car is designed primarily as an urban commuter car, you probably wouldn’t want one for a primary vehicle.  But for two people driving around town, this just may be the hip wave of the future.

Patrick

©2008 Patrick Lalande All Rights Reserved 

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