Smart: $12K, Starting in January



Those pessimists expecting the smart fortwo to be priced well above typical economy cars like the Chevrolet Aveo can sniff in another direction — smart, a division of Daimler, says its fortwo will go on sale in January for a base price under $12,000.


The entry-level smart, in a trim level dubbed “pure,” will sticker at $11,590 and will come with a five-speed transmission, remote locks, a leather steering wheel and a console designed to be ready for radio installation. Up a notch to the “passion” level, the smart will get alloy wheels, a panorama roof, A/C, power windows, power mirrors, and an AM/FM/CD player, along with a pricetag of $13,590.


The most expensive smart to be sold at launch will be the passion cabrio, which comes with a power soft top and a premium sound system. It will retail from $16,590.


All U.S. smart fortwos will come with a 1.0-liter, 71-hp three-cylinder engine and four airbags. A comfort package for the top passion models will include leather seats, power steering, and auto headlamps for $850.

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