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Princess Leadfoot
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I saw these in Europe a few years ago. I like them alot. For those in the USA, 3.5 liters per 100 KM is about 62 mpg. The ones I saw were gasoline powered, pretty quick for an economy car, could park ANYWHERE, and looked pretty fun to drive. The interior was pretty spacious for a little car like that since the engine is in the back over the rear wheels. The panels are all replaceable, so I saw several with multicolored panels. I doubt they would meet US safety standards, though, so I think its unlikely that we'll ever see them here in the states. Too bad.
 

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I saw one on display at the Tennis Masters at York U last month. The MSRP of $16K for the 2 door and $21K (CDN) for the 4 door is way too high.

I wouldn't want get into any collisions be in one of those things.
 

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actually, we are getting smarts, just not those...

we're getting a new model, that'll be released here and there at the same time...

it's slightly larger, but it still has that styling, and will be available in roadster form..
 

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Yeah it does seem like a scary thing to be in an accident in one of them... but here's what they advertise about safety:



Driving in Canadian traffic.

In Canada, we drive in traffic conditions that are unlike other locations around the world. Many of our highways are wide and open. With a great number of trucks, vans, and SUVs on our roads, our average vehicle size is large when compared to those in European countries. However, even with these unique challenges, the smart car is very safe to drive on Canadian roads and highways.


Passenger protection.

The smart has performed extremely well in crash tests and has met all necessary requirements. Both coupés and cabriolets have also been repeatedly subjected to offset crashes with much larger vehicles and have repeatedly performed in an exemplary manner.

The smart fortwo features a tridion safety cell made of robust steel. At critical points, this cell is further reinforced with high-strength steel. The tridion, combined with the crash management system (crumple zones) and retention system, make the smart one of the safest small cars around.

A sandwich-type construction and raised seat position helps to ensure that passengers generally remain outside of the direct danger zone in a side impact. Crash boxes are located at the front and rear of the smart. Minor knocks have virtually no detrimental effect on the crash boxes and, in the event of a collision, they serve as additional crumple zones.


Accident avoidance.

In addition, the smart has many features that can help drivers avoid accidents.

- The Electronic Stability Program applies the brakes to individual wheels and adjusts engine power to stabilize the car.

- The Antilock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution prevents wheel lockup during emergency braking and balances the braking forces between the front and rear axle.

- Cornering Brake Control improves vehicle stability by applying the most effective brake pressure to each wheel.

- Brake Assist senses panic stopping by the speed at which you depress the brake pedal and automatically applies all available braking boost immediately.

- Acceleration Skid Control senses drive-wheel slip and prevents loss of traction by braking the slipping wheel.

- Engine Torque Control prevents instability when downshifting on slippery roads by a slight, automatic acceleration or disengaging of the clutch.

- Automatic Hill Start Assist keeps the wheels braked for 0.7 seconds, gives the driver enough time to move the foot to the accelerator without rolling backwards.
 

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^:lol:
Hey, I can see the sky!
 

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It's been out for years, I've seen some around in asia in '98, not sure exactly when they started building them though. I was watching Top Gear (5th gear around here) and they were showing a crash simulation. The smart did incredibly well, the dash didn't even hit the drivers knees in a head on collision (not completely head on, like 30% hit from the drivers side). I was impressed, but I still wouldn't buy one :eek::
 

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as long as there are suv's out there that get bigger and bigger with small people behind the wheel i will never get into something that small. have you seen the sizes thing things come in?:eek: maybe in england i would get one
 

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You don't have to put it in reverse... it's RWD
Yeah I know... well you could reverse as fast as you can and pop it in 1st gear.
Ever do that with an RC car, making the car do wheelies.. hehehe :D
 

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The price is a little high, but I'd wouldn't mind one for driving around town locally or for the daily commute. I would say you better be a damn good driver to avoid being smashed tho'.
 

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yeah if you were to get hit by a big fullsize truck or fullsize suv, I could just see it driving right over the thing, and thats whats scary.
 
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