It was during an editorial meeting at Le Guide de l'Auto that this idea was selected out of many other proposals. It was January 2005, and we would have never dreamt that such a fuel crisis would touch the world a few months later. Our goal was to simply show that a micro car such as the smart could travel from sea to shining sea in a normal time frame, using less than $300 worth of fuel, as claimed by the vehicle manufacturer.
Mercedes-Benz Canada, the importer and distributor of smart in Canada, provided us with a vehicle. And don't think that this car was specially modified for us. Due to a logistical error, the original vehicle was unavailable and we were provided with a replacement vehicle at the last minute.
To read about this cross-Canada tour go here.