Smart car mia culpa

Boy did I have it wrong! Smart car smarter than I thought.

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I just got done musing that 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres was somewhere close to the smart car’s specs…   I want you to know its not even close.  If I’m reading a press release I have in front of me correctly, and by evidenced, I don’t always do that, the smart car (cdi) comes in at 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres.  More to come later.

Patrick

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Smart Car creator Daimler AG announces new battery tech for 2008 Geneva Auto Show

New battery technology is holy grail of many car companies

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Stuttgart, Mar 04, 2008

A news release from Daimler AG, the same company that brings you Mecedes and Chryslers and our little friend, the smart car, will be displaying some new technology at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.  Among the technologies that they will be displaying is;

As a world first, the Stuttgart company has succeeded in developing the lithium-ion technology so far used mainly in the consumer electronics sector to a stage where the high demands of the automotive industry are met. The new battery technologywill first enter series production in the S 400 BlueHYBRID in the coming year.

and they mention a that the engine in the BlueHYBRID is going to be a 2.2 litre 4-cylinder and that;

fuel consumption is further reduced to

just 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

Just for the record books, I’m thinking that is in-line with the standard gasoline-powered smart car but in a compact SUV.  I hope GM has something like this up their sleeve.

I need to be able to easily convert these comsumption figures into miles per gallon to wrap my mind around them.  Does anyone have a formula for this? 

Patrick

Smart car – Smart Safety: Fortwo rocks!

“Smart things come in small packages”

or

“Safe things come in smart packages”.

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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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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

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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

Smart Fortwo Car awarded international accolades

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From a press release by Daimler AG  

 The well-known Italian automobile publication ’Quattroruote’ has awarded the smart fortwo cdi a special accolade on account of the car’s exemplary consumption and environmental friendliness.

Stuttgart, Jan 24, 2008
smart fortwo cdi, exterior 
Smart Fortwo Cdi, Exterior picture compliments of Daimler AG

“…the specialists at the Italian publication ‘Quattroruote’ singled out the smart fortwo cdi for a special award – the only one presented directly by the magazine. The award is a tribute to the extraordinary environmental friendliness of the trendy two-seater, which proved its status as a 3-litre car during an extensive test drive by the Italian car magazine.” Continue reading