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Smart Car In Da Vinci Code

Smart CarIn The Da Vinci Code, Sophie and Langdon escape from the Louvre in Sophie’s red two-seater SmartCar.

The smart fortwo is not a car you see much of in Australia, but is very popular with single city dwellers in Japan, Europe and the UK. Mercede-Benz say it will be commercially available in the USA in summer 2006, although Zap have an Americanised version on sale. The American safety tests are making the sale of the vehicle difficult in the USA. Canada has had a diesel-powered version since 2004.

Its 3-cylinder motor is in the back of the vehicle, and it is only two and a half metres long. I wondered if it would be capable of the manoeuvres Sophie puts it through to escape the police. The manufacturers say it has been electronically limited to yield a top speed of 85mph, so maybe it is. However, Sophie is a bit sloppy with her converting miles/gallon into km/litre. She says it does 100km to the litre, but the best it will do is about 100km on 4 litres. The experts claim it will do up to 60mpg.

The smartcar was designed by the people who produced Swatch watches, but manufactured since 1998 in Smartville, a purpose-built factory complex in Hambach, France, by Daimler-Benz. It’s now being produced by smart GmbH, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler. It is marketed as a petrol-powered car which is ecology-friendly. In 2004, The Guardian rated it as number 7 on its list of green cars.

Boston Magazine list in Da Vinci Code

Best of Boston MagazineIn the first chapter of The Da Vinci Code, Langdon winces as he notes that “last month Boston Magazine had listed him as one of that city’s top ten most intriguing people – a dubious honour that made him the brunt of endless ribbing by his Harvard colleagues.”

Boston Magazine may not write about the city’s ten most intriguing people. But they do offer a series on the “Best of” Boston feature: Best of Sports, Leisure, Service, Wedding, Home, Lawyers, Doctors and so on.

Sophisticated, intellectual, and full of charm, Boston is a cutting-edge world center of higher education, medicine, finance, and biotechnology, with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, best restaurants, trendiest shopping, top universities, and smartest people. Then there’s the other Boston: a city of power struggles, politics, expensive real estate, and cutting-edge music and arts.

From the Boston Magazine website comes their own blurb:

“For more than 40 years, Boston magazine’s experienced writers, editors, and designers have captured all sides of our city with award-winning and insightful writing and groundbreaking reporting and design. Our expository features, narratives, profiles, and investigative features tell our half-million monthly readers how this city works, while our unsurpassed, sophisticated service journalism helps them get the most out of it. We report which towns and neighborhoods are the most desirable, which schools and workplaces are at the top of the heap, which doctors are first-rate, and which restaurants, stores, and services are the “Best of Boston” Our Food & Drink section is the city’s restaurant bible; our Arts & Entertainment section, its chronicle of the top music, arts, and artists. We bring a timely, local take to matters of travel, shopping, money, food, fashion, home, and health, through the magazine and in collaboration with our broadcast partners.”