Topics: business, energy, transportation
This morning, Business 2.0 talked about DaimlerChrysler’s intentions to bring the miniscule Smart car to the United States in 2008. The author discusses his recent test-drive of a Smart, which had to be specially fitted for U.S. street legality since they aren’t yet made to the Federal government’s standards. He mentions amazing feats like parking head-in where others must park parallel, handling curves like a go-cart would, and getting nearly 60 miles to a gallon of gasoline.
You’ll take one, right? Hold your horses, mister, because you may want to take a gander at the thing first.
Yes, that’s it. No, the rest of it isn’t hidden behind the wall. No, there’s no detachable rear end. All eight feet of length are right there in the picture for you to see.
Now I drive a MINI Cooper, already just about the smallest thing on four wheels. Even I think that thing is too small. There are videos that show the Smart handling quite well in crash tests, so it’s not so much the safety that concerns me as it is my ability to fit me, my wife, and some groceries in the darn thing.
That said, I have a feeling the words “60 miles per gallon” will be all that DaimlerChrysler will need to get these puppies flying off store shelves and into the glove compartment of your standard-sized vehicle.