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Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Concept Car
Rob Spiegel   9/22/2013 4:22:21 PM
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Good point, Nadine. There is a bit of silliness here. Still, it's fun and it's good to see the imagination run wild. I wouldn't expect it would be a big seller.

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mrdon   9/21/2013 11:31:14 PM
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taimoortariq,

I agree. I guess the designer of this vehicle was projecting his vision of how a Dune Buggy or Jeep would look in the future. But with today's Jeep vehicles, doors and a roof are still provided to the car buyer.

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Re: Concept Car
mrdon   9/21/2013 11:26:50 PM
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NadineJ,

I agree. This vehicle will definitely appeal to the under 30 car buyer. The esthetics of the vehicle are quite appealing and the skateboards mounted on top is definitely a social networking conversational piece for the energetic and adventurous riders this vehicle is targeted for. Just curious if a sleek design vehicle with roof top mounted skateboards would appeal to Tony Hawk. 

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Re: Concept Car
NadineJ   9/21/2013 11:32:41 AM
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I think silliness is the point.  This is aimed at a younger audience.  Anecdotally, I've never seen anyone under 50 in a SmartCar.  San Francisco has thousands on the roads.

The open design, the long boards are all aimed at an under-30 consumer.  They don't need a vehicle to satisfy their every need.  But, just like an old Jeep, I'm sure you can get a soft roof and doors.

It's a modern-day dune buggy.  The design is fun, sleek and optimistic.  That's on-trend.  Awesome!

taimoortariq
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Re: Where's the glass?
taimoortariq   9/20/2013 11:58:46 PM
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agreed, for a production you have to see the utility of a product. This car in its present state is lacking many basic things. What if it rains? Can the car be parked in a not so safe neigborhood? I guess these are the basics things that have to be fullfilled. Needs come first, and afterwards the wants.

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Concept Car
taimoortariq   9/20/2013 11:54:19 PM
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Pretty nice concept. Specially love the interior revolutionary design and few features. But as naperlu said, I find the concept of having no doors and no roof a bit silly. 

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Re: Where's the glass?
Charles Murray   9/20/2013 6:23:54 PM
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Since that is the case, GTOlover, there's no chance that it would become a production vehicle, at least in this configuration. NHTSA takes a dim view of low crash ratings.

Charles Murray
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Re: Where's the glass?
Charles Murray   9/20/2013 6:21:25 PM
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That's a great question, naperlou, but I don't know the answer, since Daimler did not provide that information. I can tell you, however, that its cousin, the Smart ForTwo ED, has a curb weight of 1,808 lbs. This must weigh significantly less, since it has no doors or windows, and an open roof.

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GTOlover   9/20/2013 9:25:12 AM
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naperlou, they are still working on the 'Star Trek' force field to cover the openings. Or maybe it is the transparent aluminum formulae?

So is it possible to get a negative star ( -5 star) for side impact ratings?

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Where's the glass?
naperlou   9/20/2013 9:07:10 AM
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Cap'n, good to have you back.  This is an interesting concept.  It is sort of silly, since it does rain sometimes.  I assume you could put something like the old side curtains on this car.  It would just take a couple of holes drilled in the body.  Then it would be like the old cars from the 1940s. 

By the way, how much does it weigh.

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