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Old 07-05-2006, 02:15 PM   #41
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Re: Daimler to Sell Smart Cars in USA

A while ago D/C had said that they were NOT bringing the SMART concept to the US. Now they have changed their minds... somewhat.

I read that they are not dealing them directly from C-D-J dealers, but instead are setting up a separate entity with Roger Penske.* Makes me think that they (D/C) are insulating themselves from the market and the public that way.* Maybe that keeps D/C's assets out of a SMART-car liability case?

The problem with a low-mass car that gets knocked out of the way by a high-mass car, is abrupt deceleration becomes abrupt acceleration in the negative direction.

To wit:
A large-mass car and a small-mass car hit head-on.
The large-mass car decelerates abruptly. The small-mass car decelarates even more abruptly. Then the small mass car accelerates rearward abruptly. The large-mass car pushes the small-mass car behind the point of original impact. The stresses on the occupants of the small-mass car are much larger than those of the large-mass car.

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Re: Daimler to Sell Smart Cars in USA
Old 07-05-2006, 08:53 PM   #42
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Re: Daimler to Sell Smart Cars in USA

Thats if its a head on or oblique head on.

If the large car hits the small car from behind, it just feels like you found the other four cylinders...

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Old 07-05-2006, 10:20 PM   #43
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Re: Daimler to Sell Smart Cars in USA

The "Smart" car seems an odd way to go when Japan already has a long history of a competitive market of keijidōsha or "Kei" cars. I think the first Honda 600s, the Subaru 360s etc that were brought over in the 1960s were kei cars.

The modern ones are quite sophisticated and I'd be quite happy having one for most of my day to day driving. They are RH drive, so that is an issue, but swapping that over is a lot more trivial than designing a whole new car.


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