Mike the Mad Biologist

I Want This Car

While walking to work a couple of weeks ago, I saw this Smart car tooling around Boston. And it’s no ordinary Smart car either…

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It’s apparently part of a promotion for a chocolate company. Yes, it has bunny ears.

an aside: Am I the only one who thinks Smart cars should be called iCars?

Comments

  1. #1 Joshua
    April 10, 2007

    Only if Apple starts making them. ;)

  2. #2 benjymous
    April 11, 2007

    They’re great little cars – my wife has one (not a bunny one though!), and whilst they’re getting pretty common now in the UK, we still get surprised looks when we drive past (and little old ladies always seem to grin at us and mouth “that’s lovely!”)

    On the “i” thing, did you know that Smart stands for “Swatch Mercedes Art” – (the cars have swappable plastic body panels, like a swatch watch) but Swatch pulled out due to initial heavy losses [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_(automobile) ]

  3. #3 Ross
    April 11, 2007

    A few months ago, my local newspaper’s free supplement ran an article about the hoops a college professor had to jump through to get one of these (This was before they were available through the usual channels in the USA). It was continued across 6 pages, and this was in the free promotional version they stick in every mailbox in the city.

    I thought the dead tree to car ratio made for delightful irony.

  4. #4 Shelley
    April 11, 2007

    A friend of mine in Denver has one (a convertible no less!), and I got to drive it around a bit. Lots of fun and LOTS of strange looks!

  5. #5 QrazyQat
    April 12, 2007

    There are loads of Smarts up here in Victoria, BC — they can’t sell enough it seems. And I’ve seen (online) a mod with a Suzuki Hayabusa (motorcycle) engine which is super fast and very cool.

  6. #6 Organic Chemistry
    April 15, 2007

    Hmmm, i am not so sure…what is the safety crash-test rating on that thing?

  7. #7 Kevin Furey
    August 14, 2007

    someone wrote that they live in the UK and get suprised looks when they drive down the street. i live in New York and i really want a smart car. ive never seen one rolling down the street (except for police ones that don’t really look like smarts) and even though they don’t sell smarts in NY they sell theam in new jersey so i think i’m gonna buy one and i cant wait to get everyones attenion when i’m rolling in my smart

    -KEVIN-

  8. #8 Ernie
    January 10, 2008

    The Smarts have been rated a five star crash rating

  9. #9 Blaidd Drwg
    June 4, 2008

    Color me old-fasioned, but it appear to me that the Smart car is the natural evolution of the Yugo…

    I’ll buy one, though, at $4.00/gallon and rising…

  10. #10 Karen
    August 13, 2008

    I am seriously thinking of buying a Smart Car.. However Id like to know how well they handle in the snow and ice.
    Being such a light weight car..I cant imagine it would handle a Maine winter well.

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