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Old 03-11-2005, 08:37 PM   #1
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zap smart cars

Has anyone heard of the smart car by zap? They're supposed to get 60 miles to the gallon. They also look pretty safe with dual airbags. Does anyone know what they cost?
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:59 PM   #2
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Has anyone heard of the smart car by zap? They're supposed to get 60 miles to the gallon. They also look pretty safe with dual airbags. Does anyone know what they cost?

cost = 15-25k

They do look safe, but don't get sucked in by marketing schemes, like dual airbags.

http://motortrend.com/features/news/112_news64/
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:53 PM   #3
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Zap? I thought they were made byMercedes-Benz...Or is it like toyota with scion?
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:31 AM   #4
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Zap? I thought they were made byMercedes-Benz...Or is it like toyota with scion?

I thought so too.

Based on that article, I have a question. Is the smart car not on the road in the U.S yet? Cause we have had them in Canada for a good six months already.
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No, The states doesn't have them yet.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:13 AM   #6
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Has anyone heard of the smart car by zap? They're supposed to get 60 miles to the gallon. They also look pretty safe with dual airbags. Does anyone know what they cost?

hahaha safe? Yah right. I'd feel real safe driving 70mph in a car that's 6 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet wide......... Wouldn't it be nice to get in an accident with a truck or SUV? I wanna just push those things over, their center of balance must just be horrid. They're so ugly, why didn't they give them to the U.S.A. instead of us?

They're made by mercedes by the way.
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hahaha safe? Yah right. I'd feel real safe driving 70mph in a car that's 6 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet wide......... Wouldn't it be nice to get in an accident with a truck or SUV? I wanna just push those things over, their center of balance must just be horrid. They're so ugly, why didn't they give them to the U.S.A. instead of us?

They're made by mercedes by the way.

I don't think the center of balance would be that bad, the engine is under the floor.

And wow, Seeing them here is now common, I'm surprised the U.S. doesn't have them yet. We had one in our shop, we got to poke and prod at it. I don't really like them that much.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:51 AM   #8
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They're designed for city driving, and are supposed to get 50 miles to the gallon. C/D got 37.

Oh, and btw, it has a top speed of 84 mph. Talk about a chick magnet.
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Old 03-15-2005, 08:28 AM   #9
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They are going to be sold in United States now. Here's an article on Zaps website titled:

$45 Million in New Bookings Validates Powerful U.S. Consumer Demand for Popular European-Made Microcar

http://www.zapworld.com/about/news/news_$100-million.asp
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Old 03-22-2005, 11:16 PM   #10
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ZAP will be modifying European Smart cars by Mercedes to comply with US standards and will be selling them used. Check this out for actual crash test footage involving the Smart Fortwo:

http://www.gosmartgo.com/forums/view...ght=crash+test

More breaking news about ZAP and Smart is available at GoSmartGo for those who are interested.
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