Thursday, November 08, 2007

Haslem test drives the SmartCar

The Smart Fortwo is just eight feet 10 inches long but is pretty roomy, as sub-subcompact cars go. How, you ask, will it fare in the crucial professional basketball-playing segment of the American market?
Focus-group testing was performed the other day, after practice, on Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem. Haslem, who is six-foot-eight and weighs 235 pounds, usually drives a Cadillac Escalade or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, both about 17 feet long, with specially extended seats.
This would seem to be no problem at all, since some weeks ago the Smart Car president told The New Yorker a six-foot-eight guy had fit ''beautifully'' -- as did ''a guy who weighed more than 500 pounds,'' but probably not at the same time.
Read more and see the video here.

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