2008 smart fortwo Long-Term Road Test

2008 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe: New Beetle?

July 14, 2009


U.S. sales of Volkswagen Beetle, 1952: 390 units.

U.S. sales of Volkswagen Beetle, 1968: 400,000 units (5 percent of the total U.S. market).

Pictured above is the celebration at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Mexico as production of the Volkswagen Beetle officially ended on July 30, 2003. A total of 21,529,464 Volkswagen Beetles had been built.

This reminds me that while it's easy to make fun of transportation pods, the Smart might be the start of something important.

Then again, maybe the Smart is more like the BMW Isetta, which was not exactly something big.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 18,680 miles


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