Americans really seem not to like automated manual transmissions. As we all know, smart has been routinely criticized for its tranny's characteristics. Today I see reports that Ford lost North American Car of the Year Award honors to Hyundai because of the judges' dissatisfaction with the Ford Focus PowerShift dual-clutch "automatic," which is really a manual with an automated clutch. Personally, I'd be interested in seeing how well their dual-clutch setup lessens shift lag times.See More
"I don't think you can add A/C after the car's initial build, short of tearing the car down and reassembling it. I also have a 2008 without A/C. It was sitting at smartcenter Pittsburgh as an unclaimed orphan back when we were waiting 18…"
"Interesting. Any car can be improved. For the price its hard to beat a Smart, but only if your interested in the "Cult" type of car. This is not a car to save the world in the US. We dont give them any breaks in the US like Europe. In…"
"Well jackb, you seem to have taken your thought and the "issue" full circle. Kudos. The US market will NOT support micro cars without a real push to get people into them. The niche' is one that is filled with widening and…"
I think you misunderstand me. I am not upset with my smart or my decision to purchase it. I believe there are some technical features that could have been designed differently, but any owner can say that about any car. Short of the…"
"I agree with Charley Ault. This is a niche' car designed to meet a very narrow market. Diamler and smart know this. They know they are not trying to appeal to people who want a FIT or a Hyundai Genisus. I don't disagree about…"
If you live in certain selected markets, check the fleet at your local Hertz rental office. The company plans to add the smart ED to its fleet, starting this week. The first models will be offered in New York City starting December 15. Hertz will expand the program to Washington, DC during the first quarter of 2011, then San Francisco by mid-year.Hertz also plans to rent the Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle and General Motors’ plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt. Toyota will use Hertz to…See More
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