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Old 02-09-2007, 06:09 AM   #1
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new car coming to america

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Old 02-09-2007, 07:16 AM   #2
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Ha, only 40mpg for a smart car? Only in America
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:26 AM   #3
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Then there'll be the Jay Leno edition (one-off) with a 5.0L V8 in it that makes 650 HP.
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I'm sure american car companies will rape it and take away all it was intended to do. I'm sure we will have to overpower it. Maybe a 3.5 V6 with 255 horses or something. The best thing to do is leave it alone.
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Then there'll be the Jay Leno edition (one-off) with a 5.0L V8 in it that makes 650 HP.
You can already get the "Smartuki" with a 180 bhp Suzuki Hayabusa engine.

http://www.smartuki.com/home.html
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Hello -

What's the highest MPG non-diesel (aka easier to get into the USA) Smart right now?

Kicking and screaming, USA will grudgingly improve it's MPG (maybe).

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Demand would be a factor as well. For 13-15k people could go for a yaris or perhaps a civic which being a larger car might be more appealing. A little under 5ft wide 8ft long and 5ft high (SMART UK specs) and only seats two isn't going to sell well mainstream. A city only car it has potential, but taking a run through say, San Fransisco you still see more cars then bikes or mopeds...
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Ha, only 40mpg for a smart car? Only in America
Why do they do this? Used to be (probably still is) the european performance cars were faster and the european economy cars got better mileage. When they are americanized seems everything falls to the middle average ruining its original design intent. 40mpg? What's the point? Who are these customers? A corolla or civic would be a better choice. I'm a purist, economy cars should get 60mpg or better, performance cars should flatten eyeballs.

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I actually saw a Smart Car yesterday in Salt Lake City.

It's the second one I've seen on the roads here.
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Its rated at 40mpg because the upped the engine size by.3 litres. Not to mention the size and weight change. They also had to up the horsepower to meet american specs aswell as safety features.
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