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Ford is getting the smart treatment

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
Jan 9, 2012
jackb replied to Ron. Wolff's discussion No A/C.
"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…"
Sep 2, 2011
Dave Stephenson commented on jackb's blog post smart needs to live up to its name
"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…"
Jun 19, 2011
ROSEANNE commented on jackb's blog post smart needs to live up to its name
"Totally agree 100%!"
Jun 19, 2011
Tony commented on jackb's blog post smart needs to live up to its name
"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…"
Jan 10, 2011
jackb commented on jackb's blog post smart needs to live up to its name
"Hi Tony,   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…"
Jan 3, 2011
Tony commented on jackb's blog post smart needs to live up to its name
"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…"
Jan 2, 2011
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Wanna try before you buy?

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
Dec 12, 2010

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smart needs to live up to its name

I don’t usually editorialize on sites like this...but today I’m making an exception.

The smart fortwo is dying, at least in the US. Sales are not recovering, even as other car…


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