Really...? We didn't get the ForStars last year and we didn't get the FourJoy this year?FWIW, there was NO mention of the upcoming 453 in the smart booth at the NY Autoshow this weekend. They only had 3 cars....all 451's with facelifts....
How to people know what they want when they haven't even seen it yet?
Chicago never gets the concepts either. It's usually just an EV, some limited edition car (or a Tailor Made), an Expressions art car, and regular passion/pure.Really...? We didn't get the ForStars last year and we didn't get the FourJoy this year?
Ugh... No 4-door for us. It's pretty apparent now.
Steve Jobs said something along the lines of:
I see no negatives with four lugs. You get a better wheel aftermarket (much easier to obtain a spare too) and it's better for safety.4-lug wheels?
OH, PLEASE say it isn't so?
With such a robust dealer network you expected better?Shame, they put all their effort towards Detroit and half-*** everywhere else. Grrrreeeaaat for brand presence...
HELL no! The engine belongs in the back and the correct set of drive wheels are the rears!I'm thinking sarcasm on the four lugs. All though I hope it's 4x100 and not something goofy.
Sad they didn't put the motor where it belongs up front.
HELL no! The engine belongs in the back and the correct set of drive wheels are the rears!
The original engineering choice to put the engine in the rear on the original 450 smart is just as valid today as it was back then. It frees up the front end to be fully utilized as a crash structure. It allows the steering rack to be put in a more favorable position ahead of the front wheel axis.
Regarding the 4-bolt wheels, if they pick a common bolt pattern and offset and central pilot diameter, it should greatly improve the choices of wheel and tire sizes. And there is more redundancy - the consequences of one wheel bolt coming loose aren't catastrophic.
Had the smart been front wheel drive, it would become just another front-drive econobox, and it would need power steering, and it would drive just like any other front-drive econobox ... which means the people who buy a smart because it is NOT just another front-drive econobox, go somewhere else. See Toyota iQ (fail).