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Smart Cars Coming To USA?!?!  
User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7134 posts, RR: 87
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

I'd totally sell the M car and get one! Stick it to the man!  bouncy 

read

In other auto news...

Kennedy pleads guilty to DUI.  mad 

Former Duke basketballer, J.J. Reddick, arrested for DWI.  Sad

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Should be interesting to see one of those get hit by a Hummer.

Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
Kennedy pleads guilty to DUI.

He plead guilty, but to drugs, not alcohol.

Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
Former Duke basketballer, J.J. Reddick, arrested for DWI.

Dumb mistake.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

I nearly ran over one today. Damn things are no bigger than a supermarket trolley. Even hairdressers shouldn't drive them. Seriously.


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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 1):
Should be interesting to see one of those get hit by a Hummer.

And why should that happen, unless as suggested, Hummer drivers are 'lacking' in certain areas?  Wink



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
Smart Cars Coming To USA?!?!

Good! That's revenge for giving us Macdonalds, Bush and rubbish tv shows.
 Wink


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 3):
And why should that happen, unless as suggested, Hummer drivers are 'lacking' in certain areas?

Accidents happen, and even if they are "lacking," they at least won't be lacking their lives after the accident.

I see this going the way of the XFL and US Soccer.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

There should be a law that only Smart Cars are allowed to be driven on the island of Manhattan....except for cabs.


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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

I hope they don't bring them to California. All it'll take it one gust of the Santa Ana wind and that thing will be blown right off the freeway.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Although I'm anti-SUV in a general way, I wouldn't advocate going the opposite way and getting a Weeble-mobile. Any car whose spares are made by Playmobil is best avoided.

No doubt in the US you'll get dipshits who believe the hype and park the damn thing end on in a parallel parking space, blocking the road. ASSSHOOLLLLLEESSS !!!


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

At a building that has the offices of a major advertizing agency, they have several 'Smart' cars on display. They defentialy get some attention. Problem is they would get lost in some of our NY City potholes  biggrin  So I am not sure how well they would work out. For the same amount of money, you could buy a very small but still larger car like a Toyota Yaris, or Kia/Hundai

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7134 posts, RR: 87
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 1):

He plead guilty, but to drugs, not alcohol.

same difference in my book.  Smile

Quoting TWFirst (Reply 6):
There should be a law that only Smart Cars are allowed to be driven on the island of Manhattan....except for cabs.

designate the right hand lanes for Smart cars and hybrids. Reduce national interstate speed limits to 60 MPH.

I bet everyone would save a thousand bucks a year on fuel.  bouncy 

I still want a Smart car.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 10):
Reduce national interstate speed limits to 60 MPH.

All that would do would be to increase revenue for townships through the police, since people would still drive 80.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 10):
same difference in my book

True, but but a lot of people instantly (incorrectly) think alcohol when they see DUI, which he was also accused of being under the influence of.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7134 posts, RR: 87
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 11):
True, but but a lot of people instantly (incorrectly) think alcohol when they see DUI, which he was also accused of being under the influence of.

If taken properly, according to what I read on this site, in addition to numerous articles circulating the web, the pills shouldn't of had the effect on Kennedy as they did. Alcohol was most certainly present in his system with the medicine.

It's well documented and noted that Capitol PD keep congressional run-ins on the down-low and go "way out of their way" to take care of any congressman suspected of DUI or DWI. I've read a few stories of Capitol PD giving rides home to drunk Congressman on both sides of the isle.  drunk 

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 7):
I hope they don't bring them to California. All it'll take it one gust of the Santa Ana wind and that thing will be blown right off the freeway.

Agreed!  checkmark 


User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

With regards to safety, you may want to take a quick look here.

Not the best by any means, but not bad for a car of its size.

Rgds.


User currently offlineAC777LR From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 487 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

these cars have been sold in Canada for two years now, I dont think there have been many problems that I have heard.


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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

This would be great. More parking space for ME!

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8095 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

Nooooooooooooooo!! I hate those ugly little go-carts. Make them stay on the sidewalk with the golf carts and other vehicles that aren't road worthy.  silly 

Seriously, though, we don't need them. Gas mileage is one thing, but those cars are made for parking sideways in cities like Rome where everyone just parks as they please all over both sides of the damned road. With very few exceptions we don't have that problem here. We will have a new problem, though: Pickup truck vs. dumb car accidents.



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User currently offlineAC777LR From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 487 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Well you can always come to Canada and buy one, they sell them around here, but they are expensive at 19000 dollars!!!


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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7929 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

No thanks. I'll hang on to my 1998 Honda Civic HX CVT coupé (which gets 33-37 miles per US gallon fuel efficiency) and wait for the second-generation Honda Fit arriving probably in 2008 instead.  Smile

User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1820 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Quoting AC777LR (Reply 14):
these cars have been sold in Canada for two years now, I dont think there have been many problems that I have heard.

I was just going to say that. Why is it that they have not been taken south yet??? They are commonplace here...


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

I read on an article on this yesterday. Currently Mercedes is operating at a loss on these Smart Cars and they have no way right now to manufacture them and make them profitable while still being cost effective. As it is now, for around the same price as a smart car, people can get a compact car that has a back seat and even 4 doors. I'd rather drive a Neon and have more room than have a Smart Car and look like a complete Douche Bag. If they end up hitting the U.S. Market, they will be a short lived fad. Euro-trash wannabe LHMark wants one...but he'd never be able to squeeze his ass into one. Look, they're already down a customer.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 20):
look like a complete Douche Bag

You need a car to accomplish this?  duck 

Quoting KROC (Reply 20):
Euro-trash wannabe LHMark wants one...but he'd never be able to squeeze his ass into one. Look, they're already down a customer.

 rotfl 


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 21):
You need a car to accomplish this?

No, but the car would just make it that much worse.  faint 


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 22):
faint

Is that like a TKO?


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

It wont work in the US - it doesnt use enough gasoline.


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
25 Lewis : How come Smart cars are causing a loss for Mercedes? They are very expensive for what they are (=a bucket with 4 wheels).
26 Post contains images KROC : I think so... Its because Mercedes has one distinct line for these cars that share very vew parts or process' as their other lines. Add in a demand t
27 Jamesbuk : So why not cut it? Rgds --James--
28 Joness0154 : The smart roadster is cool.
29 Don81603 : Try getting run over by a tractor trailer, like the one in Northern Ontario last winter. They identified it by an axle fragment! Good plan, but the w
30 Post contains images Jafa39 : So you'll have cars that are smarter than most of the people does this have implications for the next election?
31 Post contains images Tu204 : Unless it is a real military Hummer, I think it would be a draw I have seen one of those things collide with an UAZ Patriot. (in terms of size it is
32 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I guess he "missed" your post
33 TWFirst : Hilarious... you obviously don't live here. This vibrance of this city certainly doesn't depend on access by SUVs.
34 Post contains images KROC : Beats me. I don't work for Mercedes. However, when they have invested as much as they already have into the line, its hard to just fold it while the
35 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Nice comeback Nah I'm going to get a penis enlargement surgery btw please continue calling me chief! [Edited 2006-06-15 19:26:37]
36 Post contains links Lijnden : As a owner of a American Build V8 SUV and a Smart for in the city, I must say I feel just as safe in the Smart 'cage' as in the SUV. For all you peopl
37 Post contains images AirPacific747 : We know what you really meant to say
38 Post contains images VonRichtofen : Whatever your opinion of them, they are light years ahead of any American car in terms of engineering. As dinky as it may look, you can't beat it's ec
39 Dan2002 : It's more like common sense. Big fucking car hits little dinky car. You dont need science to determine the outcome, and I don't give a shit how much
40 GREATANSETT : Thats strange, we have had smart cars for over 5 years in Australia and only now the US are getting them!
41 KaiGywer : Put any compact car in front of a tractor trailer and you'll have the same result.
42 Don81603 : What I was getting at, is not that the car isn't suited for the city. For city driving and especially Manhattan traffic, it's perfect. What I was get
43 Post contains images TWFirst : Of course I wasn't advocating banning delivery trucks... We're talking about commuter and residential traffic. New York streets weren't designed for
44 Gilligan : I'll keep my hyabusa, gets just as good gas milage and I can outrun that golf cart any day of the week. I wonder why they don't show what happens whe
45 Milan320 : I heard that they're going to get discontinued anyway, due to poor sales. Probably a rumor, though I never do see too many of them on the road here i
46 Post contains links and images RobertNL070 : The Smart ForFour is to be discontinued I believe. Pity, its the best looking of the Smart family of cars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Smart_f
47 Don81603 : My bad, I misunderstood. As for the SUV's, and others tooling through Manhattan, I'd totally agree. Granted, in the truck I don't make the best of pr
48 Santosdumont : A sensible solution might be to adopt the "total flex" standard which a lot of Brazilian auto manufacturers (the local Volkswagen branch, for example)
49 RNOcommctr : A dealer in Reno is offering something called a Zap car, which is imported as a Smart and then modified to meet U.S. federal government requirements.
50 TWFirst : More like crack addiction. I wish Bloomberg would institute a commuter fee like London has (fee for cars driving into certain parts of the city).
51 MD11Engineer : Actually they are stronger than they look. I've seen one in a wreck on the autobahn, which got hit by an 18 wheeler. It was upside down lying on it's
52 Dc10s4ever : There are a few imported so far, and since they are still kind of rare in the USA, they are fetching north of $30,000.00
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