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4.05.2008

Smart Fortwo Arrives in Tallahassee


Friday morning near downtown Tallahassee, I saw my first Smart Fortwo car. If Green Tallahassee readers know the driver, please send him my way and we'll report back. He looked like a fairly big guy in what is a very little car! We first mentioned this vehicle in this post.

The Smart Fortwo is the smallest car sold in the US. Despite the fact that it earned a five star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
, the rating came with a warning (safety concern) that the driver's door opened in a side-impact crash test, making it very inconvenient for passengers who could be ejected in an accident.

How small is Smart Fortwo? It was built to be short enough to allow "nose-in" parking. Its length is 98.4 inches - equal to the width of a regular parking spot. In other words, two or three cars could park in the space
of one "normal" car. Would this confound Tallahassee's parking meter enforcement crew? Can you park three cars for a quarter?

Sales of the car have been brisk and an all-electric version of the car is planned for next year at a pricey $35,000. Autoblog reported in 2007, that over 12,600 people in the US paid the $99 deposit to get on the wait list to purchase the vehicle.


And last, it's not fuel efficient for its size. Its one liter engine only averages 38 mpg, less if driven at high speeds (a scary thought in itself).

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