if memory serves, the name comes from the watch company of the same name. I thought they had gone into business with Mercedes to make a car similar to the watch in fashion sense. They wanted the car to have the ability to change body panels the way the Smart watches could change the bezel and bands.See what happens when you let a Blue Man drive a mercedes? I still wonder why they're called Smart cars. Don't really see anything smart about them.
Looks like this time it's true.There was a story on "Wait Wait don't tell me" about a problem in Amsterdam with Smart cars being tossed into the canals - just because it can be done. I think it was a true story, though with 'Wait Wait' it is easy to mix up the true with the made up.
Agreed.....Actually, it doesn't matter - it would be unsurvivable by the severity of the G-forces alone. Even if the passenger cage remained mostly intact with only some intrusion, the crumple zones are incredibly small and the amount of energy absorbed is negligible - near zero. The occupants would be mush.