Smart Car Test Drive Scarcity

Smart Car test drive offer may generate more interest than “Dan’s Bake Sale”

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

Smart Car Fortwo  Smart cars are hard to come by.  From all indications test drives are too.  There is a long waiting list for the car. 

I cruised by a local dealership and didn’t see one car on the lot… I’ll keep checking. 

In the meantime, although too far away for me to partake, a Chattanooga, TN car dealer is going to have a test drive day.  If you’re interested, the article link is below.  

Test Drive the Smart Car for One Day Only in Chattanooga 

This event may have more interest than “Dan’s Bake Sale”, Continue reading

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One short observation about the smart car, the ForTwo

607752_1080896_5440_4080_556921_984153_320x240.jpg I wish I’d said that! 

 Patrick Lalande on WordPress

Unparalleled Parking

AUTO DEALER HERB CHAMBERS GETS US UP TO SPEED ON THE DIMINUTIVE SMART CAR, WHICH ARRIVED IN THE AREA LAST MONTH.

My favorite line explained how I felt when I first saw the car.

What’s your favorite thing about these cars?

Their appearance. They’re just so cute, you want to take the car home. It’s like seeing a puppy in the window of a pet shop.

So, is that how you feel about it?

Patrick

This type of competition we can afford

What in the world is APTWEH?

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

When I made mention of the Aptera aptera_400x180.jpg in Everyone has a Prediction and suggested that

“the American muscle cars of New Millineum, the high-mpg, high-performance (Got to get on that highway!), high-capacity automobiles.”  

was going to be America’s new export over the next 10 years,  I didn’t know about Jacob Gordon.  I’d been following the same trail he navigated but didn’t know it.

Since the beginning of January, when I started “A Mind’s Diet”, I have started to read some of his submissions to MSN.com and Jacob has come up with some very good ones.  My favorites include those I’ve listed below.  His latest ,

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’ 

At 150-miles-per-gallon, the Loremo wants to show how far a diesel can go.

introduces a car that I believe Americans will covet.  If not the car, the principles of Affordable,  Personal Transportation With Extreme High-mileage OR (APTWEH pronounced “apt’ way”)    The story represents the introduction to me and my readers, of another APTWEH. 

The stories by Jacob Gordon have been chosen here to illustrate a pattern here that will see the United States into change that is happening throughout our  society. 

It isn’t that society has changed so much but that capitalism has finally caught up to the transportation designers.  Especially visible in the car industry, this change is slowly rearing it’s head in other industries like aviation and railroads.  As we progress further into this change will this type of vehicle become the norm rather than an oddity?  Read Jacob’s stories below and then you tell me.

Project ‘X’ Cars

Aptera: The ‘Wingless Bird’

Loremo: The ‘Low Resistance Mobile’

Patrick

 Ref: Jacob Gordon is a freelance writer, a blogger for TreeHugger.com, and producer of TreeHugger Radio. He can be reached at jacob@treehugger.com.

Smart car – Smart Safety: Fortwo rocks!

“Smart things come in small packages”

or

“Safe things come in smart packages”.

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

It use to be said, “Good things come in small packages”.  Now, perhaps that phrase should be something like the above sub-titles. 

I have been asked how safe I thought the Smart Car would be in an accident.  Although I have had small cars since I started driving, I have never really felt safe in them.  This may stem from totalling my first car, an “70” MGB, after having it for only two months.  I wasn’t my fault, I swear.  Nevertheless, the car crumpled like a piece of paper while the other car remained nearly undamaged until the drive panicked and rolled into a ditch.

I also crash-tested a Chevy Chevette and a Chevy Metro.  And, I am now working diligently on testing a Chevy Aveo.  I would dare to say that I’d feel as safe or safer in the smart Fortwo.  Continue reading

smart car Fortwo Hybrid: Our little friend – Take two

Another feather in the smart car Fortwo cap

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smart Fortwo Micro Hybrid 461200_785466_2126_1524_93717005c3993_50_320x240.jpg554691_979712_4992_3328_07c2015_003_320x240.jpg
Photos compliments of Diamler Chrysler Media Dept.

The smart car, smart Fortwo hybrid by Diamler Chrysler AG has another feather in its cap.  Here is the press release from Diamler Chrysler AG dated February 6, 2008. Continue reading

Smart Car Fortwo: A well-written review

Smart Car – Finally an objective review

 Patrick Lalande on WordPress

607752_1080896_5440_4080_556921_984153_320x240.jpg  Tom Wilson really seems to know just what we, the American Consumer, really want to know about the smart car.  His review experience reminds me of a MGB I used to have.  It was a great car, but not for everyone.  If you are following our little friend’s American debut you may want to…

…read

*A Smart Choice — For Some

By Tom Wilson

*Editor’s note:  As fast moving as the world is these days, its not unusual to find a blogged article moved for one reason or another.  But, the end of February and Tom or his article doesn’t link up…I hope to run into him again one day.  I’m leaving the post up.  You never know what might turn up.

Just the article to add perspective and clarity to the discussion.

Patrick

Smart Car Fortwo mpd=12

Smart Fortwo getting Buzz

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smart fortwo cdi, exterior

Now that the smart Fortwo is here in America, the public is going to start analyzing it based on their needs and desires.   Continue reading