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Wheels.16

Fuel efficiency

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{Wheels.16.14}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 22 Mar 2005 09:22:25 CST (24 lines)

It's a shame, because they're great little cars. But the brand has
never made any money. They're too quirky for the US (at least, so
Mercedes thinks, although I believe they could be a go in large
cities), and they face too much micro-car competition in Europe.

They've sold all they've allocated here in Canada (there are three
in my area) but I think they'll flatten out fairly quickly. They're
indeed a niche market.

It's a damn shame. They're fun, funky, the roadster is beyond-way-
cool and they are perfect for the city. When I drove one for a week
I had all kinds of small-delivery guys (pizza, flowers, courier)
asking about them. Take out the passenger seat and you've got the
perfect city delivery vehicle.

Unfortunately it's not enough to make a business case.

They're also very love-or-hate-it, and frankly, I was very surprised
at how vicious some big-car and big-SUV people got when they looked
at the car. I had people look it over and then sneer and say, "Well,
it's no good if you have two children."

My response was always, "That's like saying a pencil has no value
because you can't use it to send e-mail."

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