The VW one (in the original post) is for parking. The Smart car one is the dealership so it is actually for selling cars.quote:
I remember seeing something about this a while ago somewhere online. I may be mistaken but I don't think that this contraption is for selling cars, but rather a space saving parking garage. They essentially can build it very high and don't need the ramps and/or horizontal space to move the cars around. This makes for a much smaller foot print for the building.
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I'd be worried that the contraption would drop the "wankermobile" and mess it up.... lol!quote:
Picture this for motorbikes....
Edited by - champ on Aug 18 2007 5:44:10 PM
Accoriding to Wired there is at least one operational smart car vending machine in Europe where you buy the car online:quote:
nope, smarts are sold in dealerships like every other car in europe. in fact there are very strict rules for selling cars there. this is more likely an advert gimmick. the VW one really is a parking lot. it's not that they don't have the space in wolsfburg but they're just trying to compete with the BMW glass factory (google aint fo' dogs yo).
Over the past decade, the Mercedes spinoff called Smart has emerged as Europe's most daring car company. It has rolled out a four-wheeled motorcycle. It has introduced a novel interlocking design that allows owners to change the car's color panels as often as they change cell phone faceplates. It has opened the world's first online dealership and sells cars out of towering glass vending machines across Europe. And it has experimented with Bluetooth, offering smartphone and iPod integration before any other carmaker.