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Mike's Odyssey to Greece - 2005

Part 26: Smart Cars

Within Greece, most of the population lives in Athens.  And most of the population that lives in Athens (which I believe has 14 million people living in it) all have their own car.  And the one major highway, called the National Road, is always a parking lot.

To help alleviate traffic, the Greeks have adopted the new European economy car called "Smart".  I first saw these cars in Germany in 1999, and then saw them again in Poland in 2002.  But in Greece, these cars have really found a market!

Smart car
This is the Smart.  Two doors, two seats, and that's pretty much about it.

Smart car
I was told by a Smart salesman that they do a top speed about 100 kph (60 mph), except in Germany, where they have been detuned and can go about 150 kph (90 mph) so that they don't get creamed on the autobahn...

Smart Car
They even make a convertible version!

Smart dealer
They are really stacked up in this tall building at the dealer, and a combo forklift/crane will go retrieve your desired model!

Mini bike
This has nothing to do with a Smart, except it's a motorcycle and it's very small...

Coming soon!  Part 27:  Food and Drink ("I can't believe I ate the whole thing...")