The Smart Car may not be the darling of the automotive press, but it seems to be the vehicle of choice among politicians and celebrities these days.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty is the latest politician to take possession of one, a black convertible Smart ForTwo. The 6-foot-tall Fenty had been driving a city-owned Ford Expedition and turned heads last August when he pared back his security detail and started driving himself around.
Among the politicians and celebrities with Smart Cars: Anita McBride, First Lady Laura Bushâ€™s chief of staff; the Foo Fighters; and singers Bette Midler, Enrique Iglesias and John Legend.
But Fentyâ€™s Smart Car boasts amenities that others do not. Since he is a mayor, his is specially equipped with lights and a siren. Smart spokesman Ken Kettenbeil said the company didnâ€™t install the extras. â€œThatâ€™s something his people did,â€ Kettenbeil said.