A girl I know recently bought herself this cute little QQ car (think Chinese mini-cooper) for 40,000 RMB, or a little more than five grand. I was envious for a moment. It would be nice to be able to cruise around Beijing, especially when it's raining, or you want to go somewhere relatively far.
Then I saw this blog post, and these videos.
It seems that the "crumple zone" in these cars is the drivers seat. Damn.
Also awesome is the flying piece of glass at the end of the second video. Take that, bystander!