Smart cars, which reached the market a decade ago, originally measured just 250 centimeters long, thus allowing them to be easy to park in crowded city locales. The first electric Smart car was introduced early in 2008. A second generation electric version of the Smart Fortwo, which uses a 14 kW-hr battery, was scheduled to begin production in November, 2009.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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