Saturday, May 19, 2007

Smartcar coming in 2008

Start saving now, the Smartcar is coming to to the US in the first quarter of 2008. This little 2-seater commuter/urban vehicle has a 64hp engine and gets 40+ mpg, better than anything available in the US. This is a bare bones commuter on the entry level (starting at around $12k) coupe; even the radio is an option!

A small, high mileage, low-impact vehicle is just what the US market needs. It will offer some tough competition to other commuters like the Toyota Yaris, and might spur other carmakers (GM, I'm looking at you) to revive some old vehicles with fresh designs and 40+ mileage.

Need a little more space than a 2-seater can provide? I'm with you, and will probably wait a few years to pick up a forfour when they become available, as they will probably be priced around $16k. Buy used? I bet these are limited production and will resist depreciation, like the Prius. We shall see.

1 comment:

Jim said...

I love owning my car and will drive it into the ground. Regular maintenance and a little TLC can make a vehicle last a long time. This smartcar does not look like something I would drive. Wait for a market to build before making the investment. Remember what happened to "IT" and not that many bought on? Enough said.