All About Smart Vehicles
Smart cars are slowly making their way into the American after having a huge success in Europe. Smart cars are compact cars that are most convenient for parking and driving locally. Those who see the Smart car for the first time cannot help but point at laugh at the golf cart sized car, but by further looking into the benefits of driving a Smart, one might actually consider buying one. The design of the tiny sized Smart was developed to make the best use of space on those tiny, narrow, European streets, and even allows you to park the vehicle nose-first, or sideways into a parking spot. In fact, this innovative design allows two or even three Smart cars to park in the space of one standard sized car.
The Smart is owned by the German auto manufacturer Daimler AG, and is currently manufactured in France. The logo is a letter “c” which stands for “compact” in front of an arrow that shows “forward thinking.” Smart is still a relatively new brand, established in 1994, and has had some difficulties making the transition into the American market. Although Smart cars were planned on being introduced into the American market by being produced in nearby Canada, these diesel-powered vehicles did not pass US safety and emissions regulations. When the Smart finally did break into the US market last month, it was greeted with much criticism. Critics questioned why a consumer would buy a Smart when he/she could buy an even more fuel efficient Prius or similar Hybrid for even less? Also the design itself was put under fire. In a nation of gas guzzling and over sized SUVs, many wondered if the Smart would make it. Since the Smart has just been released into a test market, we will soon hear new reviews on just how the American public reacts to these tiny and efficient space saving vehicles. Maybe it is just what we need, an influence to downsize on our excessive vehicles.
So if you are one of the few “test market” Smart drivers, here are a few things to know about getting Smart car auto insurance. First of all, getting your Smart car insurance is going to require some patience. The smart car is brand new to the American market and many companies have not fully incorporated them into their existing policies and coverage. Some companies such as Geico only offer liability auto insurance, but not full collision and comprehensive insurance. Smartcarofamerica.com is a useful site in which you can interact with other smart car owners in the same situation. With a little searching, however, it should be easy to find a good rate for your Smart car auto insurance.
Paris. 1998. The world is awed by the introduction of a new rear-engine microcar, known as the Smart City Coupe. This car, which featured stunning fuel efficiency in a three cylinder engine, combined with the ability to park virtually anywhere, has garnered an international following, and with the production of a second generation of these […]
The Smart Car made its debut on the world stage in Paris, France in 1998. It is a microcar, both in name and stature, and one look is enough to know that there is no other car like it currently on the market. Though it bears some similarities to the Mini Cooper and even the […]
Smart GmbH, a division of Daimler AG, is a car manufacturer based in Hambach, France. In 1998 at the Paris Motor Show, it introduced the world to its “Smart City Coupe.” This is a microcar in the true European sense, but with several nods to North American styling and performance. The car was intended to […]