Did a Car Company Just Email Me To Object to My Blogpost?

Last month, I blogged on the Smart Car. I said this then:

You are still toast in any serious accident. (Although for accidents in the Middle East and Greece, you are pita, rather than toast. Expect to be Nan in India.) The car is just too tiny to deal with a much larger vehicle. I drive a coupe and my car looks like an absolute monster in comparison.

I never expected to bring up the topic of Smart Cars again. Surprise! I received an unsolicited email from an exceedingly polite Smart employee from Germany. Have at it:

Hi!

I just read your blog on the smart car (I am working at smart in Germany, so I am always interested in opinions of others on the car).

Please sind attached a link to a neutral video on youtube, showing a massive crash with the smart. It actualy is extremely stiff and much more stable than other, even bigger cars – due to a very sophisticated construction and special steels. That makes it, on the other hand, more expensive than some bigger cars…

http://youtu.be/ju6t-yyoU8s

However, the car is undoubtful tailored for the usage in dense city areas with lower driving speeds – I would also not like to crash with it on the highway into what so ever. But, in fact, I would not like to experience this with any kind of car :-)

Best regards,

I truly respect it whenever folks reach out and extend themselves. This individual certainly did. (Despite my snarky blogpost even. I said: their cars are cute like herpes!)

So I traveled over to OurTube and watched the video. Undoubtably Smart Cars are well put together. They appear to have higher quality interiors than vehicles of equal size and price. Unfortunately, they are still tiny. And no matter how rigid a frame is, the energy still needs to go somewhere. My fear remains that the force goes into the driver.

I won’t be buying one. But I do appreciate being contacted. If I ever find myself in the neighborhood of a Smart dealership, I may even get behind the wheel.

Note: I will not be re-enacting any scenes from the YouTube clip.

8 thoughts on “Did a Car Company Just Email Me To Object to My Blogpost?

  1. That’s cool! I thought about a Smart car, but it wouldn’t take my rifles & friends out into the desert. I find the HHR works better for that :wink:

    Of course, now I’ve transitioned to traveling 98% of the time using a vehicle that has less cargo capacity and where I am the crumple zone, but it’s just so much more FUN!

    If I were still into cars, I’d seriously consider a Smart, but for just city I’ve been thinking of getting one of those $700, 100 MPG, 49cc Chinese scooters.

  2. I don’t believe I’d consider it under any circumstances…I’m close to six feet tall and the lower half of my body would be gone…it’s a death trap and a golf cart…..and it would not be that smart to buy one before you had your head examined….k

  3. Honestly, I think Smart Cars are so cute too. My only fear is that if I put all all my tactical rifle gear in the passenger seat, the whole car would tip over. (Very much like the Flinstone’s car in the title sequence of the cartoon when the car hop sits rack of brontosaurus ribs on the window.) I guess the car would be ok though, and I could just pick it up and drive off. Ha Ha!!

  4. A friend of mine has a smart and it reminds me of nothing so much as an early ’90’s Fiat Punto with a roll cage. Very basic car, with not a lot of leg room or cargo area, gets OK gas mileage for a car its size, and is a geek/hipster status symbol. I wouldn’t take one on a highway with any regularity. Roll cage or no, getting hit by a semi or large pickup in one of these things at 70mph will make it look like something out of a roadrunner cartoon.

  5. In urban areas, the Smart Car would probably be much better than a motorcycle or scooter. For us country folk where nine out of ten people drive trucks or large SUVs and drive long distances, I think it would not be so smart.

  6. Wonder if there’s a dealership on Rodeo Drive? I picture The Beeb and whoever-the-hell-he’s-dating-now pulling up in one at a flick opening; P. Hilton getting one for her dog; Lady G’s custom paint job should be a hoot; Snoop D’s would have an $8 gazillion piece of bling on the hood; Lou Ferrigno couldn’t fit in one so he’d hoist it on a shoulder and walk…. The possibilities are endless. Sales should go off the chart.

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