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    Discussion in 'Industrial design' started by Pete, Sep 3, 2010.

    1. Pete

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      Saw this article on the BBC website - under the subheadline "how far can BMW stretch the brand before it snaps".

      Discuss :)

       
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    3. DesignTechnologist

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      I saw a similar article with the SMART Car. Maybe it's common around the world. But in North America, the SMART Car is a 2 seater car that you can fit a few bags of groceries behind the seats. The article I was reading was talking about a new SMART car that had 4 doors and can accomedate up to 4 passengers. It could also hold 2 average size hockey bags behind the back seats. The companies go through all this work to make them small/unique and that's what gives them some of their appeal. Now they're going to be producing what almost every other auto company has.

      I guess we'll just wait and see what some of these companies produce.
       
    4. Pete

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      Sounds like the Smart forfour we had over here - they stopped producing it as it was far too expensive and not particualy eco-friendly (other than how it was produced). I saw a concept for a smart "cross over" which i guess would be the same size as this Mini, but I dont think that never left the drawing board
       
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      It could have been. I know it's something we (I) haven't seen over here. We have the typical FourTwo, I think it's called. But you look at some cars that auto manufactures produce and I wonder what are they thinking.
       

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