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It's short, it's skinny, and it gets the equivalent of 108 miles per gallon. It's the Clever vehicle, a prototype from a conglomeration of European groups, including automaker BMW. Unveiled in Britain on Monday, Clever--short for compact low-emission vehicle for urban transport--is designed to combine the features of a micro car and a motorbike. Just over three feet wide, the Clever seats two, with the passenger directly behind the driver.

Check it out, it's cool!

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Is that supposed to be a car? Only tree huggers or people having a problem with parllel parking would drive it!

Apparently, since a bunch of epeople already said they like it on this forum, and we're anything but tree huggers, more than just the people you mentioned would buy it. It's fast and it's nimble, and it gets good gas. I'd make a great commuter vehicle. Seriously, it's just plain cool.

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Even cooler.

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0-60 in 6.8 @ 140mpg. Oh yeah, its made by GM, Oh yeah, in 1983. Oh yeah, it also maybe could've flown...

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If I could park in motorcycle parking spots (no university parking permit required) then I would snag one up in a heartbeat. I wonder if I got a Smart and promised to only take up half a parking spot if I could pay only half the parking cost.

Edited by Satty

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If I could park in motorcycle parking spots (no university parking permit required) then I would snag one up in a heartbeat.  I wonder if I got a Smart and promised to only take up half a parking spot if I could pay only half the parking cost.

I doubt it, but you could split it with another smart driver.

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Clever--short for compact low-emission vehicle for urban transport

Wouldn't that be CLEVUT?

Cool car, nonetheless. First thing it reminded me of was the Pulse:

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I wonder what kind of amenities (AC, a decent radio, etc) it comes with.

-RBB

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I saw one of those Pulse things on the back of a flatbed in Boston

in the late 1980s. I thought for years it was a custom one-off. :P

This thing is kind of neat but Europe can keep them as far as I

care. If they find enough of a market here for them it would be a

more prectical personal transport than a lot of older ideas, incl.

the Prius.

Edited by Sixty8panther

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I like the idea of a motorcycle-like vehicle with a cabin to make it practical year-round. Safety is the only concern I can really think of - if an area could be regulated to have vehicles of only a certain size (excluding semi's and large trucks, etc), it would be safer.

Then again, motorcycles are allowed on the road with everyone else. It's an interesting contradiction - cars are required to have airbags, all kinds of impact protection measures, etc, etc. Then there's motorcycles where there is relatively little protection. Motorcycles require a special license, thoughk, right? What if these vehicles could be classified as motorcycles, or have their own classification? Would they be able to be used on regular roads? (or are they already?)

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