I’d like to introduce my new car.
It’s blue, so it needed a C name (like Claudia the Jetta, Camille the Focus and Clarisse the Audi). It has a one-litre, three-cylinder engine, so I’ve named it after the donkey I rode in Egypt.
Meet Colin the Smart.
Here’s the thing: it’s not that smart. It’s ridiculously impractical and for that, it’s not that cheap, the fuel economy is not that great, it’s illegal in Seattle to do the cool Smart perpendicular-to-parallel parking, it lacks essential features, it’s slow and has weird shifting, and its safety is debatable. Also, it’s French. Frankly, smart would have been the Honda Fit.
It has a single redeeming feature, and that’s the one reason I bought it.
Looking at it makes me laugh.