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More Mini than Mini – the SmartCar

SmartCar at MOMA
When I was in Granada last month, I was amazed by a very little 2 seat car that was all over the city. The SmartCar only takes up about half a parking space and is extremely fuel effecient.

Now AP (via NYTimes) tells us that DaimlerChrysler is bringing the SmartCar to the USA.

Let’s see 60K miles and 5 years on my PT. Hmmmm.


  1. I really hope this catches on, but how would it be on the highway weaving in and out of the big rigs and SUVs?

  2. Paul

    6/28/2006 at 7:54 pm

    The SmartCar is smart about safety too. See the “But is it safe?” section of this MSNBC article and this video of a crash test from Auto Motor und Sport. The SmartCar has a complete reinforced stainless steel frame that acts like a “walnut shell” to protect the meaty nuts inside. And it’s not new; the SmartCar has been in production and use in Europe for a decade.

  3. ill agree with u there, its way more than just a mini…its a statement , a style.. and hey thanks for the safety link..mvr knew that..
    take are SmartCar Fortwo and forfour

  4. The Smart Cars are already available in the US from ZAP ZP (NYSE). A California based company who imports, retrofits, and then distributes the Smart Cars to their dealers. Zap is also planning on bringing a Brazilian made car to the US, the Obvio! 828, that is a hybrid that can run on any combination of ethanol and gas. Zap is also the only car company who is selling a Chinese manufactured car in the US the 100% electric Xebra city car .

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