Car is a small, European sporty automobile manufactured by
a division of DaimlerChrysler that has been Americanized as an
imported into the U. S. by ZAP (Zero Air Pollution). Currently,
Zap is the one an only U. S. dealer for the Smart Car. By its
looks, one would assume that the Smart Car is an electric car
or at the very least, a hybrid. Neither is true.
U. S. Smart Car is being sold as an urban car to be driven
around large metropolitan areas such as New York City and
parked in tight spaces as it is about half the length of
a standard automobile (just over 8 feet in length).
Car runs on unleaded gasoline, though some European models use
diesel. In the United Kingdom, three models of the Smart Car include
the Roadster, Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour. The model that
is being imported and Americanized to adapt to EPA and Department
of Transportation (DOT) standards is the Smart ForTwo, named because
it is the 2-seater version.
But, the Smart
Car is also capable of achieving speeds up to 85 mph, so it is legal
to drive on most highways and freeways in the U. S. as well.
does not like the color scheme of their Smart Car on one day, they
can change it the next. This is because the Smart Car has interchangeable
side panels, which only takes 90 minutes to swap out. In addition,
the Smart Car is known as an eco-friendly automobile, producing
the lowest CO2 emissions in its class and 85-percent of this automobile
of the Smart Car had safety in mind when they built this vehicle
as it's "tridion safety cell" uses an aluminum safety
cage with steel reinforcements to form a spherical geometry similar
to that of a racecar. Dual airbags, anti-lock brakes and a shell
that distributes the impact of a crash throughout its perimeter
is what helps keep the Smart Car, very smart and safe as well.
The Smart Car
has been on the European roads since 1998, so the product is mature
by car engineering standards. The Smart Car comes in at a cool
$25,000 making it comparable to a Prius, but with that extra coolness
factor. This car may not be able to park itself or talk like Kitt
in Knight Rider, but as an eco-car it's smart, very smart.