Smarter? Not so sure. But car enthusiasts don't always rely on smarts to make our purchasing decisions.
One might question having two high performance automobiles in your garage, when both you and your equally auto-addicted husband take public transportation to-and-from work daily. Except for the day we drive because we have to pickup our fresh-from-the-farm vegetable bounty. Certainly, the gas and parking fee equal out with our support for our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). But this isn't about fresh vegetables, saving the earth or cap-and-trades... this is about the ongoing obsession with finding a small, efficient, powerful, fun-to-drive "replacement" for one of the European beauties sitting in my garage. If I could justify a third car I would... I can, but I won't. Not today ;)
On the road in Greece there is new competition for the never-changing-Smart car, it's the Toyota iQ. Could this be the one? It's a little bit bigger than the Smart, but looks tougher. I like tough in a little-bitty-car.
As expected, it's not available in the US, yet. It seems it will arrive under the Scion badge in the states in 2011. A quick visit to the Scion website, lets me know that I am not the consumer they are hoping to court. But I would be willing to go there for the right car.
The Aston-Martin Cygnet built on the iQ platform would be a more obvious choice. But I'd have to buy a new Aston to get access to the Cygnet... hmmmm??? Time will tell.