Long before cars got Smart
, there were tiny bubble cars made by BMW
and others. Back in the 1950s when Germany was still recovering from World War II, BMW built the two seat, one-door Isetta. That single door was on the front of the car and hinged on the driver side. As new European CO2
emissions standards approach, the Munich brand is looking for more efficient models to help offset the thirstier performance cars in their lineup and the Isetta could be revived. Modern safety standards would obviously put the kibosh on the front door, but the styling would likely draw inspiration from the original. Like its rivals from Smart and Volkswagen
(in the form of the up!
) the new Isetta would probably retain the rear engine layout of the original.