There are now TWO cars, belonging to this household, parked in front of out house. This is a normal situation for an American household with more than one adult in the house, but it is not normal here. Some households don’t have a car at all. In this household there is only one person with a driver’s license, so two cars is a bit excessive.
The one on the left is the Amazing C2. I bought it new exactly 8 years ago and it has been a fantastic little car. It still IS fantastic! We call it Amazing because it always amazes us how much stuff you can fit into that little car. Go to IKEA, fill it up, it works. With only two people, it’s been just big enough to do what we want to do.
The one on the right is the new, as of 3 days ago, member of the family. A brand spanking new Prius. Of course Toyota changes the model names for every country where they sell these, so it’s hard to tell you WHICH Prius it is. Here in NL, it is the Prius Dynamic Business, with the built in a Solar Ventilation System and electric sun roof, backup camera, and all those other Prius bells and whistles. It’s pretty amazing. I love it.
I’m still getting used to driving a bigger car though. When I moved to NL I brought with me an Audi A4 station wagon, which was even longer than the Prius. I was used to a big car then. Of course in Switzerland there is more room for parking and driving and it’s easier to have a big car. Here in NL, you have to be an excellent parallel parker and be used to competing on the roads with bikes everywhere, pedestrians, scooters, buses, trams….. I’m used all this traffic now, but when I first moved here I was sure I would kill a biker.
So now comes the big job of selling the C2. It’s 8 years old but only has 38k km on it! Can you believe it? That’s less than lots of people drive in a single year! If you know of anyone in NL looking for a great little city car, one owner, low km, please let me know!