Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Smart car provides glimpse into future

Mercedes might seem like an oddball amid muscle cars, but it's here to stay

CanWest News Service
September 12, 2005
I'm slowly motoring past Detroit's Einstein Bros. Bagels near the corner of Woodward and Harvard on a humid Saturday evening. A fiftysomething man, parked in a lawn chair, spots my little two-seater convertible and abruptly stops chomping into his bagel.
"Oh, noooo!" he gasps, clutching his chest in mock agony.
Did I mention I was ensconced within a 2005 Smart for two Cabriolet?
On virtually any given day, there would be nothing wrong with getting about town via a Smart car, the miraculous gas miser Mercedes brought to Canada - but not the U.S. -last year. This alone makes the Smart car an anomaly: Usually, it's Canadians who are deprived of certain models, such as the new Pontiac GTO and Toyota's entire Scion lineup.
But on this Saturday, the 11th annual Woodward Dream Cruise was taking place, an event that attracts more than 40,000 classic cars to Detroit's boulevard of broken dreams. And in such a setting, the Smart car came across as even more of a fish out of water.

Read the full article here.

© The Gazette (Montreal) 2005

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