As I was out and about this weekend, I came across this little fella sitting next to my Ford Expedition in the parking lot. It was barely longer than the hood, I do believe I could have carried it inside my cargo area, and to say I was on a guilt trip for driving a gas guzzler, was an understatement.
It is in fact the Smart ForTwo just 106 inches long, more than 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper. Park it perpendicular to a Ford Expedition, and its rear end extends just 14.3 inches beyond the Expedition’s side mirrors.
In a world of super sized value meals, this one’s a small fry.
Under the auspices of DaimlerChrysler and car dealership mogul Roger Penske, Smart has been available in the US market since 2008.
To show the Smart off at this year’s Detroit auto show, the company simply parallel parked a ForTwo — again and again — between two closely spaced limousines.
Powered by a 71-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder, the ForTwo starts at less than $15,000. It should get around 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving on regular gasoline, but it can only go 90 mph. There is also a bevy of standard safety features, including four airbags, anti lock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Hmm takers anyone ?
Photo credit: Info credit: Cars.com