Monday, January 21, 2008

Yes, good news for Denver

Smart Cars are coming to Colorado.

The big corporate people picked a strange location - a kind of run-down section of Englewood on Broadway, next to a bunch of used car dealers.

I love Smart Cars. I have never driven one (unlike my friend John). They are an amazingly small size and yet are safe to drive in the daily battleground that most commuters face. However, they get surprisingly bad fuel economy for such a small vehicle. A Honda Fit 1.2* is much larger and more versatile - and yet gets better miles per the old gallon of fossil fuel. (It's not available in the States but is the same car as the Honda Jazz but a more efficient engine.)

It was great to see a Smart on the cover of the Jan. 18-20 edition of USA Weekend magazine. (That's a Parade-like magazine that is distributed with many national newspapers. Funny enough, Denver gets both that one and Parade.)

*Thanks to Baris for the correction. And that one is the car John & Amy drive!

5 comments:

Journeyman said...

Hmmmmm - not sure about the Smart Car. Drove one around Jersey (Channel Islands) for a couple of days. It seemed OK but the maximum speed limit on the island is 40mph. I wouldn't want to take it up to motorway (freeway) speeds and drive past a truck. Plus the gear box is rubbish.

Much more sensible to to shop locally, travel by public transport where possible and walk more than drive. But then I'm European.

The Lone Beader said...

I saw these all over Europe. I would never drive one of these cars if given the choice. I am all for the environment, but these just look ridiculous to me. It's like a tin can on wheels! I'll stick with my big 21-year old vintage Buick. :D

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Anonymous said...

I think the Smart cars are ugly. :oJ

Barış Purut said...

Hello,
There's no diesel Fit/Jazz - yet. There are two engine options for the first generation Fit/Jazz. These are VTEC and I-DSI (intelligent dual-spark plug sequential ignition). "I-DSI" abbreviation may sound like "diesel", but it is not.
Diesel and/or hybrid versions are expected with the second generation Fit / Jazz.

> A Honda Fit Diesel is much larger and more versatile - and yet gets better miles per the old gallon of fossil fuel. (It's not available in the States but is the same car as the Honda Jazz but a more efficient engine.)