Photos: Will America drive small and Smart?

Photos: Will America drive small and Smart?

Summary: DaimlerChrysler plans to sell the successor to its itsy-bitsy Smart ForTwo car in the United States in 2008.

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  • Smart cars

    About the only way to see a Smart ForTwo car in the United States--for now--is to go to the movies to watch "The Da Vinci Code" or "The Pink Panther." But in 2008 DaimlerChrysler and Mercedes Car Group hope to change that with plans to sell three models of the successor to its Smart ForTwo (seen here in red) to American customers.

    Currently Smart ForTwo cars are sold in 36 countries including Canada. UnitedAuto will be in charge of assembling a Smart dealership network throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Smart ForTwo cars currently sell in Europe for around 8,000 euros, or $10,300.

  • traffic

    The most obvious advantage of the Smart car is its manueverability on city streets. As you can see, two eight-foot Smart ForTwo cars take up almost the same space as one taxi. Gas mileage is estimated 46.3 miles per gallon in cities and 70.6 on the highway, according to DaimlerChrysler. And imagine the parking possibilities.

  • Passion coupe

    One of the current models is the Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe. DaimlerChrysler describes Smart car owners this way: "Smart people are open minded, question the existing and live consciously."

    The three new models to be sold in the United States are expected to be announced near the end of 2007.

Topic: Telcos

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