Smart Aston Martin Cygnet Fiat 500
Back in July, I posted about the perpetual hunt for a car. The living, breathing pendulum of big to small, raw to luxurious, two-door to four-door, manual to automatic that brings pure joy and adventure to us lovers of cars!
Nothing came of the last hunt, the season ended with the count at a respectable two. With a two-car garage, it all makes sense. It doesn't mean that the virtual search ends. I am still in the market for small, really small. And as close as I was to buying a Smart then, the pendulum has swung 180 degrees... or further if that's possible!
The Smart just isn't very Smart these days. From it's birth in the late 90's, it hasn't grown up, evolved, improved or lowered it's price. It's expensive for what you don't get.
Aston-Martin's Cygnet is interesting, primarily cause it's an Aston! And the Fiat 500 continues to delight and amuse, but the form for all three is too familiar. As my desire to take risks continues to grow as the economy begins to show signs of life again, familiar doesn't always work.
Unfortunately nothing else is winking at me either. Compelling, comfortable, tough, and fuel efficient. As I won't be using it for a commute, and it will be for just around the city, the fuel efficient part isn't so important. I know this wrong, very wrong... but I've always been brutally honest here... and hey I'm working on it ok? I take public transportation to work everyday, that counts for something! No?
The most interesting car I've seen lately was at the LA Auto Show in December, the VW Up! Lite. Silly name aside, this was a compelling form, intelligent approach, and at 70 mpg... respect. Three-doors, a beloved, useful hatchback. Yes, a hatchback, that dreaded feature here in the U.S. But so was healthcare reform for a large percentage of the population!
Smart needs to get smarter, most do.