ZAP, an electric vehicle company, is offering a 60 mpg gasoline powered SMART Car. The company says the SMART City Coupe has an impressive handling and a stylish, roomy interior for two passengers. The SMART Car is popular in Europe, so ZAP is bringing the Americanized version that is a U.S. compliant direct import automobile.
Pricing runs between $12,000 for the cheapest model, and just over $20,000 for a convertible with all the available extras.
Canadian drivers will get 70 mpg SMART cars because they’re diesels, not gasoline-powered. The U.S. has “stricter emissions standards” and ironically this will keep the more fuel efficient diesel vehicle from being sold here.
The Canadian models use what’s called common rail diesel, a technology that’s cleaner than older diesel engines. The top speed is 75 mph and prices start around $12,100 for the coupe and $15,170 for the cabriolet.
Here is a diagram of the car’s safety features.
Here is an article about the SMART Cars.
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