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Re: Smart Car and NEVs

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  • evelynsardina
    ... Even if 1992 Honda Civics are such a good deal, would it be worth it in the end to purchase a car that is so old? Wouldn t you have to worry then about
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 18, 2006
      --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Paul Archer <tigger@...> wrote:
      >

      Even if 1992 Honda Civics are such a good deal, would it be worth
      it in the end to purchase a car that is so old? Wouldn't you have to
      worry then about getting it fixed every time it breaks down especially
      if you do not know how to work on cars?
      > 4:18pm, deviant wrote:
      >
      > > Looks like the Smart Car is coming to the US in 2008, and is
      already
      > > in Canada.
      > >
      > > http://news.google.com/news?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-
      > > 8&ncl=http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx%3Fdist%
      > > 3Dnewsfinder%26siteid%3Dgoogle%26guid%3D%257B50749C4F-B7FB-489D-
      8C8D-
      > > 3C1A24BABDE6%257D%26keyword%3D&hl=en
      > >
      > > At a potential 85mph and 45-65 mpg and $15000, I believe that they
      > > will easily exceed their 20,000 units per year goal with the
      college
      > > age crowd and other Mini buyers.
      > >
      > According to this story, the car weighs 1600lbs, is 8 feet long,
      and (from
      > the name--"ForTwo") is a two-seater. It also features a 50 (or
      optional 61)
      > horsepower engine. Oh, and its styling screams econobox.
      >
      > Here are some of the specs for this car:
      >
      > weight: 1600 lbs
      > length: 8 feet
      > power: 50 horsepower
      > displacement: 700cc (uses a turbocharger)
      > passengers: 2
      > cargo area: ?
      > top speed: 84mph
      > fuel economy: 46/68 (urban/extra-urban) mpg
      > required fuel: premium
      > price at introduction: $15,000 (est)
      >
      > Compare that to this car:
      > weight: 2100
      > length: 13.3 feet
      > power: 92 horsepower
      > displacement: 1500cc (normally aspirated)
      > passengers: 4
      > cargo area: 13 cubic feet
      > top speed: 104mph
      > fuel economy: 47/56 (city/highway) mpg
      > required fuel: standard (leaded at time of introduction)
      > price at introduction: $12,000 (in 1992) (approx $17,500 adjusted
      for inflation)
      >
      >
      > So (and most of you have heard me say this before) why isn't the
      second car
      > (a '92 Honda Civic VX) the standard for fuel-efficient vehicles
      today?
      > If I had a choice between these two cars, I'd gladly pay the small
      premium
      > in price for a car that looked good (or at least better than the
      econobox
      > egg of the "ForTwo"), and had some actual pep--especially since the
      small
      > edge in fuel economy the Smart car has is negated by its need for
      premium
      > fuel (for the turbocharger).
      >
      > Paul
      >
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