"Smart" cars - will they become available in the US?

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  1. MickeS

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    The brand Smart sells tiny little cars, with a very stylish design. Their Roadster is incredibly cool, IMO.

    I wonder if anyone knows if they'll be available in the US some time soon? I would love to be able to have a car that would only use 1/4 of the garage when I park it. [​IMG]

    Website: http://www.smart.com

    Here's the Smart Roadster: [​IMG]

    /Mike
     
  2. Julian Reville

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    That's .........cute. [​IMG]

    Do they have a SUV model? [​IMG]
     
  3. BrianW

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    I did a search, but I couldn't find the thread that someone started not too long ago about this very thing. As I recall, Daimler Chrysler (which owns Smart) will be exporting the four-door Smart car to the 'States in 2006. It's not as "cute" as the roadster, however, so I don't think I'll be interested.
     
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    It was me! here's the original thread with pic.
     
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    I like !!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Something tells me we will have Smart cars before we have smart drivers [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. BrianW

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  7. MickeS

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    I don't know Brian, I kinda agree with you... the two-seater is the way to go for me, I want it because of its small size. The four-seater version is OK too, but seems to be bigger (ie I'd have to clean out my garage [​IMG]).

    I'm surprised it'll take so long to introduce the brand in the US, since the distribution should be easy thanks to all the existing DaimlerChrysler dealers. I really hope they'll introduce the smaller version too.

    Speaking of this, I wonder if there are any plans to introduce the Mercedes A-Class in the US? I don't see much of a market for it here though, I think the smart might have more appeal.

    PS. Sorry for not doing a search.
     
  8. David-S

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    I believe the smaller ones have problems w/ US crash safety requirements, IIRC
     
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  10. Philip_G

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    13,000 GBP though [​IMG]
    more costly than a cooper S
     
  11. MickeS

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    US crash safety requirements shouldn't be a problem... I've seen enough cars drive around that seem like they'd fall apart if it rained on them. [​IMG]

    Where did you read that?
     
  12. David-S

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    Ahh, yes, but those have already been sold here! good ole grandfather clause (I'm guessing AZ doesn't have inspections?)

    Importing new cars is often a hassle due to conflicting US requirents (ie: in Europe, these would mainly be city cars, in the US they're expected to survive highway collisions)...

    ummm, this talks about it: http://www.smart-us.com/
    I think i read it in a car magazine, but i don't remember which one, so it might take me a while to find it...

    Crash and or emissions are why the: Skyline, Evo, Elise, and numerous other cars weren't imported for the longest time... [​IMG]

     
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    in the US I belive they run about 23,000 USD, it's a WAG on the exchange, but in my head I figure 13k pounds is going to be 26,000 USD, probably a bit less but it's a WAG [​IMG]
    no wait here for the cooper here.
     
  15. MickeS

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    David-S, thanks for the links and the information!

    I'm very disappointed that it currently looks like the smart city model can't be sold here. [​IMG] I always thought this country was less regulated than Europe, not more.

    /Mike
     
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    You can always get this next year in the States...


    [​IMG]

    It's a Lotus Elise before you ask [​IMG]
     
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    the Roadster comes in 45KW and 60KW versions, does anyone know what that means in HP?
     
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    60HP and 80HP respectively. Just divide by .746.

    It's kinda sad you can by motorcycles and jetskis with more HP.
     

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