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Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows

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Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Concept Car
Jennifer Campbell   9/22/2013 8:06:04 PM
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.... especially not in Seatlle, Rob Spiegel!

Tom-R
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Tom-R   9/23/2013 10:24:47 AM
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Reminds me of the old street legal dune buggies. You could wash the interior with a hose. It was Fiberglas, vinyl, or waterproof; and had drains in the floor. The sidewall was higher though, but we only had a roll bar instead of the unibody this has. There was something daring about a buggy that made it more than just a convertible. Even in the city where you couldn't go off road. I expect it would sell. Just look at all the 3 wheeled bikes selling today. This is an open cockpit car for driving on days you could ride a motorcycle (or 3 wheeler), but without needing a special license or having to learn how to drive a new vehicle. The key will be keeping it simple so the price is more like a high end motorcycle. Like a buggy or bike, this won't be your only transport. It's just for fun, or should I say "for joy".

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Rollover advantage
Chuck_IAG   9/23/2013 10:40:06 AM
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We're looking at an ingenious rollover solution here.  Should the car flip due to its bizarre design, no worries.  You just continue to ride along to your destination on the roof-mounted skateboards.  I find this perfectly in keeping with the "Smart" car's overall strategy- if you can convince the right folks that it's cool, it doesn't matter how ridiculous it looks or how stupid the overall concept might be. 

San Francisco is the perfect target market for a vehicle of this design, should Daimler choose to produce it.  I've long been convinced that China has developed a long-range "dumb" ray and is testing it on our West Coast (I live near LA).

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Re: Where's the glass?
Nancy Golden   9/23/2013 11:21:05 AM
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Does anyone else see an oxymoron here? We have a sandrail which is essentially a dune buggy without the fiberglass molding. Our twenty year old daughter was driving it on our property out in the country with my husband in the passenger seat. He had to continually remind her that "This is not a video game!"

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Re: Where's the glass?
GMStoffa   9/23/2013 11:30:10 AM
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Why target the young?  This is the perfect geriactric vehicle.  Old folks don't like to drive in bad weather, they only live in warm places like Florida, no doors to get in the way of their Jazy, cane  or walker.

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Re: Where's the glass?
Pubudu   9/23/2013 2:19:37 PM
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Charles thanks for sharing this I feel that this will be a iconic design in the automobile industry case that this is the best match outline for the urban day today travel need. And also I like to have option for normal roof. 

Pubudu
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Re: Where's the glass?
Pubudu   9/23/2013 2:24:37 PM
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Charles this is like a smaller version of Mercedes new GLA Class which is is also comes from the Daimler.



Pubudu
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Re: Where's the glass?
Pubudu   9/23/2013 2:29:33 PM
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@ taimoortariq, Simply motorbikes does not have a roof, But thousand of bikes are on the road. 

Pubudu
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Pubudu   9/23/2013 2:37:15 PM
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NadineJ, not necessarily, I feel that this car would be ideal for the matured crowd also. When Mercedes launched A class (Previous version) target audience was the younger crowd but it was equally moved through the matured crowd also. Easy handling was the main reason for that. 

 



Battar
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All you've ever wanted in a car, right?
Battar   9/23/2013 4:05:07 PM
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This is a concept car, and that is all it will ever be.

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