The Smart Car for the American market has been unveiled

  • Timbales

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    May 23, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
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    May 23, 2008 12:58 AM GMT
    alright! And with all the exercise it takes to climb in and out of it, it is doubly good for Americans to drive!
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    May 23, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    I don't think there's enough room in there for a Vortec V8. American's won't approve.
  • jk8man

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    May 23, 2008 1:01 AM GMT
    hey... I've already seen several out and about here in Kansas City.... the ones without monster tires that is....

    Just look like oversized golf carts to me. I'd be fine with driving one in the city, guess it would take a reasonable downsizing of the standard American car to feel safe driving a Smarty on the Interstates though
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    May 23, 2008 7:40 AM GMT
    I'm getting one...sans the tires. Gas is so expensive, and MAYBE it'll be fun to drive. Ask CanuckDave about his.
    http://www.realjock.com/profile/?id=2102
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    May 23, 2008 12:35 PM GMT
    The color is gay. Americans will hate it.
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    May 23, 2008 12:58 PM GMT
    I love mine! It's almost annoying though, since it's close to impossible to get into in a parking lot because I have to answer a lot of questions.

    39 mpg on the first tankfull (though it's not broken in.) and my commute is half and half highway/backroad.
    I can park it anywhere it seems.
    It is safe.
    On the highway, I've had it up to 85mpg and it felt solid. (I didn't realize I was doing 85 at the time.)
    The features are great (a lot of electronic systems typically more associated with higher end cars.)
    It wasn't expensive and there's no State Sales Tax.
    The carbon footprint is half of a Toyota Pious.
    Six bags of groceries in the back.
  • art_smass

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    May 23, 2008 1:03 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigioI'm getting one...sans the tires. Gas is so expensive, and MAYBE it'll be fun to drive.

    But how will you, me, the kids, the dog and all these groceries fit into that car? Is there something you're trying to tell me?
  • docmarvy

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    May 23, 2008 1:22 PM GMT
    Hopefully that one has a better transmission than the awful automatic they put in the standard American Smart's.

    Seriously, without the manual it's not worth even considering.

    As far as the one above, I'd be a bit worried about tipping that monster over. (That's what HE said! Zing!)
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    May 23, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    Well, since our non-official treatment for erectile dysfunction now costs about $140 to fill up, I guess this is the next best thing.
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    May 23, 2008 1:45 PM GMT
    There's a SmartCar dealer at the auto mile here in northeast Ohio. I have no idea what kind of business they are doing, but here in Ford country, I have seen none on the street.
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    May 23, 2008 2:05 PM GMT
    docmarvy saidHopefully that one has a better transmission than the awful automatic they put in the standard American Smart's.

    Seriously, without the manual it's not worth even considering.


    It's definitely not perfect. The transmission (semi automatic) is, to me, the one drawback. It wasn't a deal breaker though. It wasn't designed for 'performance' like a Cooper. But then, Cooper's have lousy mileage, and the base price starts 9K higher than the smart.

    Currently, the demand and wait list far exceeds the production line. There's only a few thousand in the country at the moment.
  • docmarvy

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    May 23, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    bgcat, Totally some people won't mind it at all. But it was a total dealbreaker for me.

    Mostly because there are lots of small, fuel-efficient cars available that are fun to drive without funky transmission issues.

    The Honda Fit has moved back up to the top of the list. The Smart is super cute, but without the stick... bleah.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    May 23, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    I saw the SMART CARS at the Detroit Auto show 3 years ago.
    Now they have improved a bit but Prius owners here in LA are reporting similar mileage IE: 38-40 MPG combined city/highway if you take it easy.
    The Mini Cooper boosts 35 -38 MPG highway and owners I know say that is about right.

    YES, they need to offer a standard 5 speed transmission to get max mileage and right now there is as much as a year for delivery,

    Stay Tuned!
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    May 23, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    art_smass said[quote]Is there something you're trying to tell me?

    Lose the weight, lose the dog, ride in my lap. Do I have to spell it out?
  • Thirdbeach

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    May 23, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    Why are they called Smart Cars if you look so dumb while driving them?
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    May 23, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
    Thirdbeach saidWhy are they called Smart Cars if you look so dumb while driving them?


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  • Timbales

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    May 24, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    It's a shame they dropped the ForFour, that was nice looking.
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    May 24, 2008 5:14 AM GMT
    I got to work with the Smart Cars when they came to the Detroit Auto show three years ago and made their first big 'push' into the states. I even got to drive the really small "sport" car that was tiny... on the freeway!

    The thing that surprised me is that the European version of the car gets 70-80mpg. The car introduced to the US market gets 35-40.

    What happened to the mileage!?!?

    My Chevy Aveo gets 38mpg on the freeway.
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    May 24, 2008 5:26 AM GMT
    docmarvy saidbgcat, Totally some people won't mind it at all. But it was a total dealbreaker for me.

    Mostly because there are lots of small, fuel-efficient cars available that are fun to drive without funky transmission issues.

    The Honda Fit has moved back up to the top of the list. The Smart is super cute, but without the stick... bleah.


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