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Old 03-07-2012, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful car for the day. I wonder what the turning radius was since there appears to be no articulation for the front fender skirts.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just wanted to post something interesting. I normally get 37.3 MPG out of my Cruz Eco. On the way home last night I tried some of the techniques used to get better mileage and guess what? Over 40 miles, having to stop completely 4 times, over rolling terrain and about a 10 mph crosswind, I averaged 48.3 MPG! I was amazed at what little change in driving technique did for mileage!
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That is a fun collection to browse. I was also appauled that there had been such effort to produce a beautiful AND aerodynamic body and yet it is relatively unknown, at least in the US. Emotional styling is what drives car sales to a large degree. Something must have missed the mark in the day. Was it too small? Too streamlined? Not powerful enough? Maybe it was a big deal in Europe, but was a novelty in the US?

Practically speaking, I suspect that those side wings hindered visibility when changing lanes somewhat.

I'd love to have a kit car replica with a Smart diesel drivetrain though.

Good design is simple. Getting there isn't.
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