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Ultra-Mini

Think the Mini Cooper is tiny, check out the Smart Car: It’s 5 feet high, 8 feet long and gets more than 60 miles to the gallon on the highway. A fill-up costs about $11. About 200 people across the country have put their names on a waiting list for the chance to pay $20,000 to get one. The Miniââ?¬â??though smallââ?¬â??still manages to have a rather muscular appearance. The Smart Car, on the other hand, doesn’t look much bigger than a golf cart. The article makes a good point that for some trips you might need a bigger car, but for lots of trips bigger may not be better. In those cases, why waste all that money paying for gas? I’d still bank on hybrids over ultra-tiny cars. After all, for about the same price you can get nearly 60 miles per gallon and still have quite a bit of room. (First link via Planetizen)

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.