Smart cars are in my opinion are the Bee's knee for everyday transport in Nigeria. Compact, economical, refined and easy to service. We recently took one home and it was used in travelling from Lagos to Kwara state and then to Benin, then back to Kwara state. All of these journey done with N1800 petrol of full tank. Air condition was on full blast for most of the journey and the music system was cranking up too.
What makes this car interesting is how they are designed. The body panels are more or less like really hard industrial plastic panels, build around a "roll cage like frame". While it looks small on the outside, it actually feels big on the inside. Why are we not using this car a lot back home?
They come with a triptronic gear box [Semi automatic] and a low profile turbo-charged engine. With top speeds of around 90mph. It is good enough to keep up with speeds on the motorways and on Nigerian road, probably more than enough. Then there are things like ABS, ESP and airbags thrown in too.
It should be noted that these cars are now the "old shape" and the new shaped ones are more streamlined and lower with bigger tyres etc.
I know a few people would take a look at these and think "oh it wont survive and accident" well, for your information, These cars have been test-crashed at 70mph here in the UK and the result are pretty much impressive.
See more info on the car here.