Will the U.S. Get Just One Smart?

February 22, 2007

Smart is bringing its two-seat city cars to the U.S. via UnitedAutoGroup. And in Europe, all sorts of special-edition smarts are offered - like the BRABUS twins coming to the Geneva show in a couple of weeks.

But what will the U.S. smart fortwo look like? We can't imagine a pricetag of less than $25,000 for the runabout, pitching it directly against the more satisfying MINI. Just to get attention and traction in the showrooms, we figure the smart will have to be configured like the Xclusive edition bowing at Geneva - with standard side airbags, monochrome paint, and a 98-hp three-cylinder engine.

Of course, the recent Chrysler-GM talks could throw a big kink into the works. The Mercedes Group has control of the smart situation, but who's to guess what else they may throw out if Chrysler gets cast off? Come back for our Geneva coverage and we'll try to answer some of those questions.

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