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Smart Relief For Your Pain


when relief of pain is of importance

Gas pains can really hurt. Oh, not those kinds of gas pains, but rather the ones at the pump is what I'm talking about. I'm always excited when something comes out that saves fuel use and makes sense. The Smart Car is one of those things.

The initial rollout of retail outlets is expected to start in mid-2007, with the official launch of the smart brand planned to occur later that year. The smart vehicle is expected to be sold in the U.S. starting in early 2008.

Of course when yesterday's post about stupid people, the trend might continue as people just are smart enough to embrace these cars:

It's hard to imagine that a brand called "Smart" would do well in the U.S. After all, we are the dumbest country on the planet when it comes to taking care of our natural resources, though China is catching up. And the U.S. is full of people, many in our own government, who deny global warming. Then there are people who buy preposterous vehicles like the Hummer H2 and Ford Excursion. And while vehicles like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon are necessary for people who pull boats and horse trailers, just as many buy them because they have irrational and selfish insecurities about riding around in anything smaller than a tank.

True, you can't use one of these to drive more than two people, so if you're taking a family road trip, the Smart car is out. Want to do some serious shopping at Costco? Simply put, there's plenty of situations where this car doesn't make sense. However, if you have two cars simply because you need a second one to get you from home to work on a daily basis and that's it, then one of these might make sense:

Most car trips are under 3 miles. Far more car trips are with single drivers than not. And for this we need Hummers, Excursions and Tahoes? Does it not seem irrational that most of us buy these gigantic vehicles for maybe 2-3% of our driving needs?

The details on the Smart car are pretty simple with the focus being on gas mileage and safety. Of course I wonder what would really happen if one of these got wacked by a Hummer. Another plus with the Smart car is even if you have a lot of crap in your garage; you could probably fit it inside.

I'm sure these will sell like hot cakes, despite the $27,000 sticker price for something that's nothing more than basic transportation. It might be a slight gamble to bet that you'll save that much on gas, with the premium paid on the vehicle, but it's baby steps people. Doing something is better than nothing. Try being smart for a change.

[UPDATE] Here's another great idea, hack your hybrid to get 100 MPG.

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