So you know, I searched about Smartcars on the forum before posting this and found nothing. I have to admit it was an impulsive decision on my part, but yesterday I anted up $99 to reserve a place in line for a Smartcar when they become available here in the US. Sadly they will be a gas only vehicle when introduced and I truly yearn for a Hybrid Plug In, but since my deposit is refundable I decided to save an early place in line if they prove to be a worthy/much better alternative to my Mini while I wait for the next great leap in technology. My first car (when I was young) was a tattered Austin Healey "bugeye" Sprite, so I was snake bit by tiny cars at a young age and I still enjoy driving them the most. My 2003 Mini Cooper is a joy to drive, but I would gladly trade it for a smaller more efficient car. Smartcar is being coy about the expected mileage but seems to claim an overall average of 40mpg+ in City and Highway combined. If that is truly the case, and knowing that 2008 mileage estimates will plummet for existing cars of all types, then maybe the Smart will be a good choice. Maybe, I hope so. So I am asking anyone here to give their opinions/thoughts about the Smartcar. Send any links you think are relevant too, please. FYI: for many years my driving has been over 90% in the City and I expect that to continue and probably increase.