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My next car! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
skywhisperer
skywhisperer
My next car!
They're promising January, 2008:

http://www.smartusa.com/smart-car-fortwo-cabrio.html

In blue and black, I think. Although the yellow is interesting as well. Maybe it'll be short enough to fit in the garage with the bikes. :)

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scarybaldguy From: scarybaldguy Date: June 18th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Smarts are funny looking, but they handle great (and, of course, get a scrillion mpg). I saw them everywhere in Austria and Ireland.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 18th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw them in Greece when I was there a few years ago. I've been waiting for them to come to the US ever since...
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: June 18th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You see lots of Smart Cars in Ottawa. Don't see many on the open highway, so I don't know if they'd handle snowy country roads. The other thing keeping me from wanting one is that I don't think I could carry a kayak on the roof with kayaking gear and flight bag in the trunk.

Maybe I can convince Vicki to get one and give me her Prius.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 18th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, snowy country roads aren't a big problem in Houston. The website says a top speed of 90mph, so I imagine they'd be fine on the highway.

I'm really just looking for something to supplement the motorcycle. I don't own anything besides the bike right now, although I drive Mike's F-250 when I need it. All I want from a car is the ability to put a week's worth of groceries in it and commute the 3.5 miles to work when it rains. And maybe the occasional 30 mile trip to my mother's in the rain.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: June 18th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
A week's worth of a single person's groceries, no problem.

A week's worth of our family's groceries (two adults plus big brother-in-law, four kids including one teen), no way. Not a hope in hell. %-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 18th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laugh* You'd need the F-250 for that many groceries.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: June 18th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Grand Caravan with Stow'n'Go seating does the job OK, thank heavens. But yeah, it's a lot of groceries.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: June 18th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are buttloads of the little buggers here in Vancouver. Heck, there's a dealer not more than a mile or two from our house. And they're dirt cheap here, too. IIRC, the base model starts at C$15k and the cabrios start at C$18k (if you factor in the $2k rebate from the feds for buying such an efficient vehicle).

If, for some reason, I couldn't use transit to commute (if my workplace wasn't on a bus route or if my hours were weird), and I had to buy a second vehicle to commute with, this is what I'd get. Big time.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: June 18th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. It's 2.5 m long (98.5", or 8'2.5"), so crack out yer tape measure and see if it'll fit. There's a very good chance it will.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 19th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
it looks like a preschooler's toy car, scaled up a bit. it might be ecologically virtuous, economical, and all those other good things, but it's just too silly-looking for me.

oshawapilot From: oshawapilot Date: June 19th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read a few months back in a newspaper article that it's that mindset amongst many in the USA that has prevented it from being introduced there untill now.

They've been around elsewhere (including here in Canada) for years, as has been mentioned.

I've contemplated buying one for a few years for the gas savings, but since I only drive 11 Kilometers to work each way the savings versus my current premium-guzzling car would take years to offset the cost of buying one to begin with.

If I was commuting 80-120K/day, you want to believe I'd have one, though.

I hear that they're pretty capable in the winter weather as well ans the crashworthyness always surprises those who investigate such.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 20th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm sure they can build a car that's just as economical and eco-friendly - even a car that small - and not make it look so ridiculous. if they did, i'd buy one.

oshawapilot From: oshawapilot Date: June 20th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess ones viewpoint on "ridiculous" looking is rather subjective. I personally don't find them offensive or terribly bad looking, and judging by the quantity I see on the road, many others share my mindset.

The overall design seems to be built around the safety aspect. I doubt that they could make a car that small that carries that amount of safety and yet make it look like a sports car.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 21st, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
i haven't seen a single one on the road, here in the New York metropolitan area - although this may be because of legal requirements in the US (any number of things could cause it to be considered not "street legal"). and i don't necessarily want it to look like a sports car - i just don't want it to look like a cartoon version of a child's toy. i'm no designer, but i'm pretty sure they could maintain that safety "capsule" with a somewhat different body style.

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 21st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen two of them in Houston, one convertible and one not. They're still rare in the US because they're still working on getting it approved here. You can bring them in individually from outside the US, but they can't be sold in the US until they're approved.
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