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Old 03-19-2007, 05:30 AM   #1
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Mercedes "Fish" car

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/03/08/c...sci/index.html

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omg that's UGLY
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I seem to recall seeing this concept two years ago. Looks like something that'll take some time to get used to. As for it being ugly ... don't worry - we'll likely never see any of the small car products from Mercedes here in the U.S.. Heaven forbid someone wants a Mercedes that costs less than $30k new.

Chances are that, like the BMW 318ti and Mercedes Benz C230K coupe, it would fail in the United States marketplace because it'd be too expesnive for what it is.
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It will be here in the fall.

A Mercedes for less than $15K.

They call it the SMART.

2 passenger, 70HP, 1600 LBS car with a top speed of 65 MPH and gets 64 MPG.

Enjoy!

Here it is.
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Ahaha, I remember that thing... fugly.
The Smart doesn't look too bad really, but you probably wouldn't catch me in one. They copied my tail lights.
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looks like itwould be fun to drive
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I don't think the 'Fish' car is the same as the Smart car. For one I'm pretty sure the Smart car is gas powered, and the fish is tubo-diesel...
and outwardly anyway the styling isn't all that similiar.

and a quote from the article:
Although the Bionic isn't coming to your local dealership, Mercedes does expect it to significantly influence the design language of its next generation of small cars.
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That fish car is hideous, omg! But the Smarts are cool, I like them

We have had smarts here in CO Springs for about half a year now. They are selling for about 20k and they are pretty nice inside. If I had the money and wanted a commuter car, or lived in a big city, I would be all over it. They are short enough that you can pull into streetside parking head first and not be hanging out further than parallel parked, regular sized cars.

oh. and obviously a smart car can me modded. I still love this clip:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=vExpEl0_5-Y
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Sorry for the confusion. I didn't mean to say that the SMART is the same as the fish car.

My point was that MB has a history of bringing innovative (albeit an acquired taste) and interesting looking vehicles to production.

So, I wouldn't be surprised if the "fish" made it to production in some form.

The SMART's are fun to drive. Much like a go kart experience, but without the sensation of speed. They are not quick by any stretch of the imagination and everything is VERY close to you.

A chipmunk would amount to a bird strike on an F-15 with this thing.

They handle well though...
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Is it odd that I burst into uncontrollable laughter after clicking on that link?
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