I think what dennyrex is saying is that there will be a lot of youths wanting the car when the used ones start hitting $6-8K, but the new ones are going to be bought, at least heavily, by an older demographic. Not to say there won't be some young people buying them, but..."KRA, is right. This car's limited utility eliminates it as a choice for a young buyer. The older folks will remain Smart's main market."
I'm sure glad I didn't grow up on your planet. ;-)
a young buyer doesn't necessarily mean a 16 -18 y.o. first time buyer. any young buyer that's already tied down to that much stuff is doomed to a life of grief and aggravation. and a bad back. or else they'll become the drummer in a rock band. or a keyboard player.
I grew up with a subaru 360 and still had an extra back seat I didn't need, so I eventually traded it for a Crosley Hotshot, then I bought a Sunbean Alpine, etc.
with what do today's youth (who are caring less and less about driving these days so that in many cases their main car is their second or third choice mode of transport) burden themselves that they need such a big car? surfboards? hockey stix?
I guess instead of leaving the clutter on the street as in the smart ad, your prototypical young buyer would leave it all in the back seat of the honda?
There isn't one of my 4 kids that could have put all of their college crap in a smart. Something like a Fit though, with the fold-down seat, makes tons of room for hauling everything a young person owns. You simply can't do that with a smart -- it's like two people and 4 bags of groceries! OK for around town or as a second car though.:wink: