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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is America's best-selling car

Posted by Bill Griffith  June 5, 2009 10:40 AM

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The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe outsold every car in the United States in 2008 with more than 457,000 units delivered. Mrs. G insisted that our grandson get one on his first Christmas – and it had to be new. Used wouldn’t do.

The company has sold more than 10 million Coupes worldwide in the model’s 30-year run.

That’s why, on June 6, the Cozy Coupe will be inducted into Cleveland’s Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

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35 comments so far...
  1. sweet ride LIL dude

    Posted by Matt of Norwood June 5, 09 11:53 AM
  1. The prototype of the Smart ForTwo.

    Posted by Andy June 5, 09 01:22 PM
  1. Hah!.....Great item...and a great trivia question to stump even the craziest car lovers...

    Posted by Kinky Hoffmeister June 5, 09 01:37 PM
  1. It got great gas mileage.

    Posted by leverett June 5, 09 02:15 PM
  1. The big three needs to learn from this little guy. I wonder if it got airbag, crumple zones, and other stuff, though

    Posted by Poetic Nerd June 6, 09 08:35 PM
  1. Entirely recyclable, and popular with the babes...

    Posted by Gonecanuck June 6, 09 08:48 PM
  1. Already been photoshopped by those brilliant folks at fark. You have to check this out.

    Posted by notdrew June 6, 09 09:01 PM
  1. Someone stole my son's cozy coupe from our front yard last spring!!!

    Posted by hortron June 6, 09 09:28 PM
  1. what sweet comments. The Cleveland Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum is interesting and fun--be sure to visit if you're in the area.

    Posted by Susan Craze June 6, 09 09:50 PM
  1. Nothing like teaching a 3 year old that he really really needs a car.

    Posted by Marcia C June 6, 09 10:19 PM
  1. If you count trucks, the Ford F-150 sold over a half million units in 2008.

    Posted by timethy June 6, 09 11:02 PM
  1. And it still looks more cool than a Prius.

    Posted by Eric June 6, 09 11:07 PM
  1. that was my first car!! the horn never worked but it got me where i needed to go

    Posted by teresa June 6, 09 11:10 PM
  1. I heard the hybrid version comes with an Obama sticker

    Posted by Lobstah Bob June 7, 09 12:06 AM
  1. In six months, at the rate we're going, this will be the only car that Obama and his car czars will let people drive. Of course, they'll rename it the "Carbon Coupe" so we can feel good about being treated like children.

    Posted by Bruce June 7, 09 10:06 AM
  1. hahaha!jamie had a purple one!

    Posted by Anonymous June 7, 09 10:42 AM
  1. how long will it take the government to start the need for
    a license in order for the little guys to be able to drive one
    in the driveway?

    Posted by JoeT June 7, 09 12:48 PM
  1. Does it come with Bluetooth?

    Posted by slangRN June 7, 09 08:50 PM
  1. LOL


    Posted by John Davis June 7, 09 08:52 PM
  1. Bill, these things are indestructible--you should let someone else pay the depreciation and go for the used model . . .

    Posted by Anonymous June 7, 09 10:02 PM
  1. Pretty soon, everybody will be driving one of these, whether they like it or not!

    Posted by WorcesterMasshole June 7, 09 10:20 PM
  1. And, the used models run forever and are enjoyed just as much by their drivers as the brand new ones

    Posted by Anonymous June 7, 09 10:41 PM
  1. And, the used models run forever and are enjoyed just as much by their drivers as the brand new ones

    Posted by Marianne June 7, 09 10:41 PM
  1. how sweet.yes thats all we might be able to afford and drive

    Posted by nancy June 8, 09 12:04 AM
  1. eco-friendly

    Posted by me June 8, 09 05:00 AM
  1. And they're not asking for a bailout either!

    Posted by VandalayNH June 8, 09 07:33 AM
  1. We have 2 cars that have been handed down from 2 previous families---its been beaten and neither has a gas cap anymore, but both still run great like they day they were bought!

    Posted by Jenn June 8, 09 08:18 AM
  1. Watch your speed that thing looks fast!!!!

    Posted by Joe H. June 8, 09 11:23 AM
  1. And the people power can be provided from outside of the vehicle. As my grandson has discovered.

    Posted by Biteme Iamtoxic June 8, 09 02:10 PM
  1. Check out how people are pimping their Cozy Coupes here!

    Posted by craftastic June 8, 09 05:24 PM
  1. Top car 2009: Flinstones mobile

    Posted by Dave June 8, 09 09:26 PM
  1. We have the Cozy Coupe convertible edition.....actually its an old one that was given to us. I guess the yellow roof had been missing for quite some time. It doesn't have the gas cap, the ignition key, or any of the stickers, but my boys still LOVE IT!!!!

    Posted by Karen June 11, 09 10:17 PM
  1. "If you count trucks, the Ford F-150 sold over a half million units in 2008."

    And if you count the ones still on the road running, there are about a half a dozen.

    Posted by Josh June 12, 09 09:27 AM
  1. Lead recall? Oh no.

    Posted by Mark June 14, 09 02:27 AM
  1. Too funny!!! Just what I need

    Posted by picturegirl1121 August 14, 09 10:39 PM

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