Smart v Hummer
At last the Smart car is coming to the US! The teeny-tiny, uber-cute Euro-mobile is on its way over the Atlantic and will soon be seen on the LA freeways. Or will it? I love them, but I'm not sure I'd want to do something as foolhardy as drive one. I fantasize about a world filled with Smart cars (or others like them), but I'm a little worried right now that Hummers will eat them for breakfast.
I know that's the wrong attitude. If we all bought Smart cars then no-one would have Hummers, and there would be no issue. We'd all be able to park like Parisians (the cars are in fact so small you don't even need to parallel park – you can just back them into spaces!). Fuel economy would be unbelievable. The freeways would look incredibly cool dotted with little ditty cars in lots of gorgeous colors. They don't cost very much either (starting at $12,000). But, get into an accident with a tank, and you'd have no chance of surviving. You'd be flattened. So… who's going to ask those Hummer drivers to give up their gas-guzzlers? Any volunteers? Call me a wimp, but I don't think I can do it. Anyone have Al Gore's number? RM