Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Looking Smart

Check it out! America's getting the Smart car!

Company officials at the German-American automaker conceded that with gas prices in the U.S. hovering above $3 a gallon in many places, the Smart fortwo could appeal to buyers looking to save money.

According to DaimlerChrysler specs, the fortwo can get up to 46 miles per gallon in city driving and as much as 69 mpg on the highway, but its speed is not like its Mercedes counterpart. The two-seater is powered only by a three-cylinder gasoline engine. A diesel variant is available in Europe.

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Yes, I felt like a giant touristy douche having this picture taken.

Lookie how cute! How nimble! How efficient! It's like sitting in David Ortiz's rollerskate and driving around. Imagine how many more cars could fit on Storrow Drive if they were all this small. Hell, I could maybe even afford to own and operate a Smart car.

Of course, the article doesn't address the fact that this thing would splat like a fly on a windshield should it hit a H2 or some other giant American atrocity. But, I thought that about the Mini Cooper, and that's apparently quite safe in a collision. So let me know the price and my lease options, and I'll consider this fine automobile.

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