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Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows

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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/24/2013 6:13:24 PM
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If you didn't notice it yet, the video is worth watching.

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Charles Murray   9/24/2013 6:05:05 PM
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That's exactly what I thought of, imolleda (although I remember it by another name, the Volkswagen Thing). I remember going for a spin in one of those cars (whatever it was called) with the windshield lowered. It was not a comfortable experience.

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Re: FOURJOY
lmolleda   9/24/2013 4:28:14 PM
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Reminded me of the VW safari. No roof, No doors. Great for aftermarket roofs... 

http://www.google.com/imgres?start=165&um=1&sa=N&biw=1315&bih=931&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbnid=Wp-PMsdLpwC05M:&imgrefurl=http://www.sunsetclassics.com/1973-74-vwthing-limo/&docid=4ggh-SDIaWmLUM&imgurl=http://www.sunsetclassics.com/1973-74-vwthing-limo/images/vwthing-acapulco-body.jpg&w=350&h=250&ei=LfRBUqS8DYr_qwGtsIDgCQ&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:69,s:100,i:211&iact=rc&page=8&tbnh=178&tbnw=240&ndsp=25&tx=96&ty=76

 

VW Safari, No roof, no doors

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Re: Concept Car
mrdon   9/23/2013 6:40:29 PM
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Pubudu,

Its possible the car could be moved to the mature crowd but the vehicle's form factor would need to change. I believe the open doors, for example, would not appeal to some mature drivers. 

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Re: Concept Car
mrdon   9/23/2013 6:36:32 PM
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Charles,

I assuming this concept vehicle is targeting the less than 30 car buyer but there are some 35 to 40yr olds who like to skateboard as well. Only the vehicle's designer knows the intended use for this sleek concept vehicle.

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FOURJOY
bobjengr   9/23/2013 6:14:58 PM
For me the main theme is "someone's thinking".  The automotive engineers are willing to risk controversy by providing a concept car that grabs attention and strives to solve a problem.    We would be hard put in the southeast to use a vehicle such as this due to frequent rain showers and real issues with theft but I feel it's a great idea for a commuter car.  With our "regulation nation" I don't think it would ever win approval but a great concept at any rate.  Good information Charles. 

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Re: Where's the glass?
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 5:40:39 PM
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Good point, GMStoffa. I hadn't thought of the gated community types of applications. This is similar to the cars produced by GEM (Global Electric Motors).

http://www.polaris.com/en-us/gem-electric-car/Pages/Home.aspx

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Re: Concept Car
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 5:37:16 PM
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I agree, MrDon. The skateboards provide an unambiguous indication of what age group this is aimed at.

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Re: Concept Car
NadineJ   9/23/2013 5:18:42 PM
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I think we agree.  I'm saying that the mature crowd already loves SmartCars.  Now, there's something that's attractive for younger people.

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Re: All you've ever wanted in a car, right?
NadineJ   9/23/2013 5:17:10 PM
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Honestly, it's the most sellable concept car I've seen in years.

The branding is already there!  FourJoy!!

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