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Smart’s two-seat fortwo seems too cute to be real--but this week, smart will deliver the first of the Benz-developed city cars to customers who signed up long ago on its Web site.

Smart marketing chief Dave Schembri, making a guest stop at the Daimler AG press conference, told audiences that the smart had garnered huge interest on the Internet in advance of U.S. sales of the passion coupe and cabriolet models. The brand’s Web site clocked some 30,000 reservations which were offered to potential buyers at $99 a pop. Schembri says he hopes that some 70 percent of those will actually buy one of the vehicles.

The fortwo that Schembri tooled around in onstage and off could point to the next stage of smart’s development in America. The vehicle featured a Micro Hybrid Drive system that had been shown at last fall’s Frankfurt auto show. Schembri hinted that the U.S. arm of the company (smarts will actually be sold here by Roger Penske’s UAG) is interested in the stop-start Micro Hybrid Drive system, which could boost the smart’s fuel economy even more than its estimated 45 mpg without the system.
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  1. I reserved mine in September 2006.

    My account manager says my car should be delivered by Friday. :)
     
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  2. Gee, maybe the NOTsmart will finally make a profit off the fat-dumb Americans, since the car has never made a profit for Daimler, while Chrysler "dragged them down! Oh yeah, how many older Hondas and other cars, that actually looked like cars, and carried more than 2 friendly people, had the same kind of mileage and were a much better value? How is this vehicle revolutionary? It's a street legal golf cart at best, and a probable safety hazard on American highways!
     
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  3. All of the print that I have read mention the smart selling in Europe as a very popular car.
    No where does is it mentioned that the smart has been selling very well in Canada since the fall of 2004.
    I own a fortwo cabro and think it is the perfect urbane car.
    Thank you for your time.
    George
     
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  4. Since this is being sold only at Penske Dealerships - will that constitue "Price Fixing" I mean if there's is no other competator within the brand, they set the price.
     
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  5. I won't consider buying a new Smart car unless I can get the 70 MPG diesel version that is available in Europe. Forget the gas powered version that requires premium gas & can only get up to 42 MPG. My 1996 Ford Escort 5 speed could get damn near that.
     
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  6. Same here. It's mileage is not all that remarkable for it's size unless you can get the diesel. For the money, there are more choices out there with more room. I'd not be first in line for one of these as is.
     
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  7. I purchased a new 2008 smart here in Canada in Dec. I enjoy driving the car. It is fun to drive with lots of room and I'm over 6 ft and 250 lbs. I did not buy the car just because of milage. I bought it because it is fun to drive. I love the transmission in Manual mode!!
     
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  8. I too have reserved a Smart. One reason was the mileage part the other was for a SMALL car to go back and forth in. I test drove one , on the Smart Tour and was completely disappointed! The fit and finish was close to a YUGO (for those who can remember) and the transmission really needs a clutch. I think I am going to pass considering the cost of the Cars.
    We in this country need a micro car. I hope someone gets off their butt and builds one. I would be first in line! I am looking foward to a reverse trike called Sceadu , maybe that could be the answer!
     
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  9. The "reverse trike" is the Can Am Spyder, made by Bombardier, the makers of Sea-Doo boats and Ski-Doo snowmobiles. The Car Connection has alrady had a review of it:

    http://www.thecarconnection.com/Auto_News/Daily_Auto_News/New_Spyder_Blends_Motorcycle_Trike.S173.A11892.html
     
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  10. I don't see the big hype for this unsafe over priced golf cart with a gas engine.....stay off the big mac bridge and don't drive next to a Semi truck or Suv......i guess we will just wait for the 1st fatality......so this smart car can be yanked off the U.S. roads........as UNSAFE!!!!!!
     
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