DC’s Getting Smart

As if DC wasn’t smart enough, we seem to be getting even smarter. Aren’t we considered to be the most educated city on the planet or sumthin’? Well leave it to us to be early adopters of the space saving, environmentally friendly Smart car. Made by Mercedes and starting at just $11,590, this little scooter is likely to be the next Mini Cooper, that is, you’re going to start to see them zooming around everywhere. I remember the first time I saw one of these in London about five years ago, I couldn’t believe my eyes. “You can actually drive that thing? A grown adult can actually fit in there?” Amazingly, they have more room inside than you might think, although you probably won’t be using it to take that new 50″ flat screen TV home from Costco. The beauty of these cars, especially for those of us who have to deal with parallel parking on a Friday night, is that they’ll fit into the smallest of spots that even a Mini couldn’t fit into.

While probably not the safest car to be in with a Hummer speeding behind you, the Smart is a brilliant car designed for city dwellers like us and I expect to see them flood the area over the next few years.

Photo by yospyn.

2 Comments so far

  1. dc1979 (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    I would hate to get hit in one of these diminutive cars by a truck or SUV. They just don;t seem safe or well-suited for American roads, not a this time anyway.

  2. Max (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 8:26 am

    In a way they’re like motorcycles, only you’ve got a lot of armor and airbags surrounding you and the pavement. The overall goal in driving is to go from point A to point B without getting into an accident. I can’t say that safety has ever come into my car buying decisions.

    FYI, the Smart in the photo above has a child’s car seat, so the owner must feel that it’s pretty safe.

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