Diesel Smart Car Sighting
21 April 2005
Car Buyer’s Notebook sighted a diesel version of DaimlerChrysler’s smart car, down from Canada, and snapped (do you snap a digital picture?) a picture.
They said it would never materialize on our shores. That it was a fable, a dream that would never come true. They were wrong.
The Notebook spotted a two-seat Smart car—diesel-powered at that—on Daingerfield Island in Virginia this past Wednesday.
Though our hands were shaking, we managed to acquire irrefutable evidence that the Smart car—at least one, with Ontario plates—does indeed exist in America.
Spotted one in January all the way from Canada in Palm Springs, CA at a movie theater.
Posted by: StevieD | 21 April 2005 at 11:18 PM
Virginia, California...seems like they do pretty well on road trips...
Posted by: Mike | 22 April 2005 at 12:04 AM
I'm in Quebec (Canada), and my parents have seen at least one, and I've seen a different one. There's also a show on the state TV that features one as the main transportation for the show's main speaker.
Posted by: Mikhail Capone | 22 April 2005 at 12:30 AM
I think you mean "sighting" and "sighted." In any case, exciting stuff.
Posted by: Stomaphagus | 22 April 2005 at 09:14 AM
I thought the original looked a bit odd. At least I didn’t sit it. Thanks for the correction.
Posted by: Mike | 22 April 2005 at 09:42 AM
I was in February in California Salton Sea and later in Arizona nobody see me ? :)
Posted by: Christian Bultmann | 22 April 2005 at 05:06 PM
I've seen a few of these around downtown Ottawa lately. Apparently you can buy them through Mercedes-Benz dealerships. http://thesmart.ca
Posted by: Chris | 22 April 2005 at 10:25 PM
Seen one in Iberville Quebec today and i'am very impressed. I live in New York state and I hope U.S will be able to sell these soon.
Posted by: Gregg Roberts | 07 May 2005 at 07:42 PM
There's a guy that owns one here in Miramichi, NB... I see him driving it all over the place
Posted by: Ramsey | 12 July 2005 at 11:10 AM
I had seen four or five of them being unloaded from a truck in Burbank, CA last year, though I'm assuming they were the unleaded variety. I just about blew a gasket (hoping to score one fresh off the truck) but they were being used in a film. I'm sure we won't be seeing many in the U.S. until Bush and Co. are out of the White House. It also seems as though Zap is having a struggle with DaimlerChrysler over getting them into the states.
Posted by: Weetus | 15 March 2006 at 04:09 PM
Diesel Smart Car spoted in Big Bear California this weekend - 5-11-06
Posted by: Jimbo | 12 May 2006 at 11:03 AM
We're currently in Italy this week and have the fun pleasure of renting a diesel Smart ForTwo for the wife and I.
The car has averaged about 40-70 mpg while driving 70-85mph on the Autostrasse - the lesser range while doing max speeds up mountain interstates with A/C, the higher range in early morning hours on the flats doing more moderate speeds without the air conditioning.
I was pleasantly surprised at the roominess for the two of us, tons of head-room even for a 6' 5" person, and it can fit our four medium suit-cases behind the seats. The other surprise was the manual/automatic six speed...actually makes driving fun again!
When they come to America and are reasonably priced we'd LOVE to own one (At the Smart dealers here in Italy, they go for about 15,000 Euros or $19,000).
Posted by: Dr. Rings | 23 September 2006 at 02:14 PM
Posted by: | 23 July 2007 at 10:47 PM
I'd buy one a diesel Smart Car in a heartbeat. Plenty of cars get 35 mpg. The advertisement saying people buy 'em primarily because they're easy to park is baloney. People buy 'em because they're cute and get good mpgs. Being able to park in small places is no. 3 on the list of why people want one.
Posted by: Jere Joiner | 28 January 2008 at 11:51 AM
we need a diesel smart car in USA.. remember 80's diesels. Friend had a 83 ford escort with diesel 5speed
got 63 highway--no air.
Sell us what we want---not what you think we want!!!!
Hybrids--no way-with cost of hybrid upgrade--take years before you see a money savings --by then you would have trouble selling out of warranty car-cost of hybrid repairs---no way---Im going diesel.
Posted by: mark main | 27 April 2008 at 03:57 PM