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Smart Car is a fuel efficient Vehicle – Not a Hybrid or Electric Car it’s just small and gets 40 miles per gallon

May 20th, 2006

Smart Car is a fuel efficient Vehicle – Not a Hybrid or Electric Car it’s just small and gets 40 miles per gallon

Zap's Smart Car

The Smart Car is now going to be sold in the USA by a company called ZAP.  It is a tiny car that you may have seen in the new Pink Panther movie with Steve Martin you may also see the Smart Car in the just released, “The Da Vinci Code” movie.  The car that is featured in the movies is called a ForTwo model which fits 2 passengers.

The Smart Car has been sold since 1998 throughout the world.  ZAP is the company that wants to distribute the automobile in the United States.  Currently they are looking to set up dealerships across the country.


The engine is in the back of the vehicle and is a 3 cylinder that is rated at 61 bhp.  The Smart car will only go up to 85 mph.  They claim that the reason for lowering the maximum speed will help the automobiles fuel efficiency.  The gas tank holds 8.7 gallons.  You can get the vehicle in automatic or manual.

The Smart Car is not a hybrid or is it an electric car; it runs on regular unleaded gasoline.  Because of the size of the vehicle it is very fuel efficient.  The EPA rating for the city and highway is 40 miles per gallon.  This is very comparable to hybrid vehicles.


The size of the vehicle is half that of a normal vehicle.  The measurements of the Smart Car are 8’ 2.5” in length and 4’ 11.5” width and 5’ in height.  The vehicle weighs in at only 1,588 lbs.

The Smart Car has humorous color names marketed to the younger drivers.  The colors are called “lite white”, “phat red”, “jack black” and “star blue metallic”.  They advertise that the body panels are exchangeable.

The Smart Car comes standard with power steering, power windows and door locks.  The upgrade options include air conditioning, convertible, alloy wheels, leather interior, fog lights, sunroof, and bike rack.


Most of the Smart Car inventories Zap will stock initially are the luxury car models.  They are expected to sell for around $25,000.  If they have the basic model it would cost less.

According to Zap!, who is distributing the Smart Car is approved by the US Department of Transportation.  For more information and to locate a dealer you can contact ZAP on their website at www.zapworld.com.  You can put your name on a waiting list to be one of the first people to own a Smart Car in your area.

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