One short observation about the smart car, the ForTwo

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

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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

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

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

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