Will this car keep me safe in an increasing crowded hiway system in a large
North American suburb? Will it's brakes and crumple zones and structural
beams prevent me from paying millions of dollars in possible lifetime health
care costs if I were to be in an accident in this "people's car"?
Wow, that is sharp looking. My last rental in Italy was a Smart ForFour.
While not as smooth as my regular car, it was decent handling and 42 mpg
(gas was $6.42, higher now). It had the automatic clutch. Convenient if
you don't know how to drive with a clutch, but a real kludge performance
wise when it shifted.
There is a Mercedes version of the Smart; I wonder if they will have the
sports version also?
Safer not to leave the house at all. !
But, seriously, if you're planning for your accident,
then maybe the tractor from an 18-wheeler.
You might get a Brinks truck at auction....
....a road grader !! Nobody messes with road graders.
I would be the first to admit I don't usually look up crash ratings when I
go to buy a car. However, I don't think this "people's car" is for me. The
$2500 price tag is quite nice, but they always say, you get what you pay
for. The only good thing about it, is if it ever broke down, I could load
it into the trunk of my Bonnie and take it home.
Actually the discusions about big and small reminds me of the
discussions about the start of the PC.
Nobody and especially IBM, like GM for cars back then, thought the PC
would be any threat.
IBM was god in the computer business, like GM was for the car
Look at IBM now, hardly anyone knows what they used to be.
This is happening with GM now.
Will be interesting to follow this new PC - People's Car - and how it
will revolutionize the Car business.
This kind of trend has already started long time ago.
People want small mass produced cars.
You order a kit, possibly several, they only cost $2500 each so who
cares about the big gusslers who cost a fortune to repair.
These are like bikes and cost little to buy and who cares if they get
stolen or need repairs.
Just get a new one.
I europe this trend has started much earlier.
The taxes on fuel was set so high that small cars have been produced a
The trains made bigger and better.
You can rent small cars or bikes by the hour.
The big dealerships of expensive Cars will turn into small car rentals
for train riders.
Unfortunately in the US this trend is only just starting and
everything geared around big cars.
Like in IBMs case there still are super computers - like big trains -
along small computers.
GM could turn into a company that makes trains or they can become a
big rental system.
IBM went through a phase of making small computers.
They were increasingly made in china until Lenovo took it over.
GM is making small cars in china.
This PC - People's Car - has been predicted for a long time.
It actually starts tomorrow.
So hold your breath and watch the start of the new PC revolution.
I bet many of you di not think 20 - 30 years ago that you would ever
buy a personal PC.
Similar bet is that most of you already own at least if not several
So it is not a question of if it is more of a when you get one or more
new PCs - People's Cars.
So look for the announcements tomorrow.
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