The smart car, not so good fuel economy, no crush zones, no room for your friends, and not so good on fuel economy. So why do people buy it?
My answer, the car is sold to the Gang Green crowd, all you need do is call it Green, they’ll buy it.. and besides.. “isn’t it cute, and aren’t I cute sitting behind the wheel?
The Metro, is the real smart car, and there are a few on the street driven carefully that get Sixty MPG when re-tuned for mileage VS EPA emissions. This is fact..
According to U.S. News and World Report, in 2008, when gas prices were at all-time highs in the U.S., Geo Metros were selling for more than their original prices. Also, the newspaper reported, Internet searches for the fuel-efficient cars were spiking.
It’s that time again, you might consider that Chevy Metro or similar while you can. The president said fuel prices need to go up, they’re now double what they were when he was elected to office, and rising. Our good friends to the North were told to ‘kiss off’ as per a pipe line from one of the largest oil reserves on the planet.
Remember that guy who made good money fixing up old air cooled VWs? Perhaps you could make some money doing the same with Metros, Zuks, or other high mileage cars? Let’s face it, your money is not doing any good in a saving account, thank your Government for that…
Thanks for the link Dave S. 🙂
Added comment: OK, you know this struck a nerve with those who like tiny and impractical cars.. now we know they are making a Smart for 4 people! Sorry folks the competition is too stiff, and now Ford is going to drop the new econboost 1.0 litre turbo in their Festiva! You’ll need a very large price difference, or need be infected with gang green to buy the smart over that offering. Time tells all.
Here’s a great article found in Motor Trend, after you read the article, look at the price comparisions, …ask yourself, why would you buy a car that has all the disadvantgaes noted? http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/1110_2012_scion_iq_first_test/
Yes, those in Europe have far different infrastructure, and they can and do get by with a totally inflexible car designed for intercity stop and go. In America, there’s only one real motivator to offer a car like this, and that is to satisfy some Government Mandate. The masses here will once again speak loud and clear, those of us who really understand the conservation of energy will buy the Swiss Army knife. The butter knife might be in use at every European meal, but here we simple people are focused on utility out of necessity.
The best reason to get an IQ? Somone offered to trade you one for a smart car.
On the Volt…
It’ll be fun to hear from the Dope Smokers down in California that told us there were thousands of people who had orders in for Chevy Volts or would soon as they got the production line got sorted.. truth is now known, the California Volt lovers spent all their money on Dope instead.. First it was the production line wasn’t ready to crank them out, then the battery scare.., that would not have discouraged very many techies. But now we hear the gang green crowd are blaming Rush Limbah. The claim is that he said no one wants to buy the car… and apparently all those who vouched to buy one take their marching orders from Rush as to what they buy… what a joke they are 🙂
Remember.. history tells all, and the past is a real good indicator of what will happen next.