quote:Hmmm, putting a moped in a dumpster is pretty easy...so I, uh, wonder what the dimensions are on a Smart. BTW: Congrats on the CWS! You sure put Cow Tipper U. in it's place...
Originally posted by SSQ: Plus if you live in a college town and drive a Smart, watching for late night "Smart Tipping". Hehe.... really can't wait to see that thing here.
quote:You're absolutely right, but it's been tested in the EU and you know what that means to redmeat America. Squat. I mean, nobody gives any thought to the fact that there are large vehicles in Europe, not to mention that speeds are far more excessive on the highway and "spirited driving" is the norm. Naw, none of that nor how the Smart performed in that environment matters. It's all about old misperceptions about small cars. Maybe someday, it'll go away like the short-term OCI has. For now though, we're stuck with the dinosaur mentality...
Originally posted by eliminator: Honestly, do you think it will be any more dangerous than the millions of small cars (Miata, MR2, Aveo, etc) that are already on the road? I'm betting that the Smart is significantly SAFER than most of these cars.
quote:With bikes its not the number of them, its the miles per year ridden. I rarely see a commuter motorcyclist. The vast majority of riders stick to smaller, less travelled roads and usually ride on weekends. On suburban Atlanta expressways (where we have the longest commute in the nation) motorcycles are few and far between, a time when the accident rate is near its highest. How many bikers do you see riding in the rain? Again, a condition where the accident rate is high. Smart cars may be plenty safe when tested on their own merits, but when they have to compete for the same road space as SUV's, vans, trucks of all sizes, slammed Civics and all the rest, the EuroNACP stats will not mean much.
Originally posted by Mustang_Cougar: I don't see this car being any less safe than a motorcycle, and how has the uber-presence of SUV's on the road affected motorcycle sales? Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't more people ride motorcycles today than ever? So, if that's true, why do people fear this car and yet will ride their Harley while boxed between a semi, an Excursion and those lame Hummers? I wouldn't want to commute too far in one of these (I've been a passenger in one), but for urban settings this is a perfect vehicle. Daimler just needs to do something about the pricing...
quote:Stupid idiots... what is the matter with people.. or I mean the idiot consumers in the USA? I guess I answered my own question, theyre idiots. A diesel smart car would be awesome, I guess 60 MPGis too high for us... Id love a diesel smart four door... but I think Id be even happier with a diesel honda fit. WHY NOT, oh WHY NOT???? JMH
Originally posted by oli: One important detail is the fuel mileage. The article lists 60 mpg. That figure apparently is for the diesel version currently in Europe and Canada. That isn't what is coming to the US. The US is getting a model that is 7" longer and heavier with a gas engine. Apparently the EPA lists it at 40 MPG.
quote:How about this perception. mobile magazine smart car crash test video You will have to search that site for the "smart car crash test video". Or search google. or search left lane news for "mercedes S class vs Smart". If you are into breakdancing, this car could teach you some new moves . [ June 28, 2006, 12:07 AM: Message edited by: oli ]
It's all about old misperceptions about small cars. For now though, we're stuck with the dinosaur mentality... [/QB]