Smart Fortwo comes to USA

Smart Fortwo

The Smart Fortwo is made by Mercedes, with over 750,000 sold in 26 countries. Now it’s coming to the US. Check the Roadshow to see if they’ll be in your area.

  • 8.8 feet long (you can usually fit two smart fortwos in an average parking space!)
  • 5.1 feet tall (the smart still has as much headroom as most luxury vehicles!)
  • 5.1 feet wide (two six foot, five inch plus people can sit side by side with plenty of shoulder room to spare!)

The top speed of the smart fortwo is approximately 90 mph.

This would make a great commuting car, and it’s guaranteed an aftermarket will quickly emerge, for souping up the engine and adding accessories.

  • eliza

    the smart fortwo is an awesome car! i cannot wait until the road show comes to Michigan so I can test drive it! Just so you know though, they are sold in 36 countries, not 26. The U.S. will be the 37th!

  • DJ

    It reminds me of the BMW Isetta, made in the 1950s and early 1960s. A coworker of mine had one, and he could lift the front end off the ground without help– even lighter than the original Beetle. But with nothing between you and the cars in front, its German nickname “Sargwagen” (rolling coffin) might be well deserved.

    Which brings up an interesting (and troubling) point: while tiny cars may be safe in an environment where most vehicles are tiny cars or two-wheeled vehicles (or livestock powered), there are serious concerns driving these cars in an environment where the car behind you is as likely to be an Expedition or Hummer as anything else– and at high speeds, where the force of impact would be enormous. Plus handling is a concern as well: a friend of mine died earlier this year when his Mini Cooper left the road on a sharp turn with a 55 mph speed limit. Do our roads and/or speed limits need to be changed to accomodate the lighter weight (and therefore less friction) of these cars?

    Which suggests that what we may need is a whole new driving culture: push to get the majority out of their Chryslers and SUVs and into tiny cars, and design roads with tiny cars in mind.

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