• Jun 6, 2006
Those were the less-than decisive words of DaimlerChrysler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche in a newspaper interview published Sunday in Germany. The final decision is expected later this month, but it looks like the two-seater Smart may indeed take a shot at the U.S. market, in the guise of the redesigned 2007 model. Just in time, the ever-vigilant folks over at WorldCarFans.com have a gallery of spy shots of the 2007 ForTwo here.

If the minicar does hit the U.S., it will have to be part of a Smart strategy to (finally) turn a profit in 2007. In the past year, Smart has received the full Zetsche treatment, axing the four-seater and roadster models, and dropping plans for a mini-SUV, leaving the automaker with only the ForTwo model.

[Source: Reuters]




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      • 8 Years Ago
      *sigh* To all those bashing the Smart for being too small, have you actualy tried driving one? Or for that matter just sat in one? I had a Cabrio on loan from my local Merc dealer last weekend and did a 250+ mile trip taking in Motorways, A roads and some proper mountain road driving and you know what? It was great.

      After five hours in the car I had no cramp or stifness of any sort and, to be honest, would have been quite happy spending several more hours behind the wheel. Visibility is superb, it's got all the creature comforts of much larger cars and it's even fun to drive once you get the hang of the semi-auto box (which is definately the weakest part of the package). 0-60 times might be bad but that's largely down to that damn gearbox being so very, very slow to change and with six cogs to swap it has to be in at least thrid, probably fourth, before it hits 60. In-gear acceleration on the other hand is a lot faster than you might expect and is more than enough to keep up with trafic.

      As for luggage space... bear in mind this was the cabrio version so I couldn't stack to the roof line as I would in the coupe but I still got two full size (60 and 90 litre) rucksacks, two large sports bags, two squash raquets, three smaller bags and the usual junk that seems to go with all car trips (bottle of water, snacks, maps, CD's etc) in without any trouble whatsoever. Given the coupe I could probably have got another large rucksack in and still been nowhere near full. Granted hard luggage (i.e. suitcases) will give you trouble but soft bags go in just fine and there's a HELL of a lot of space available if you look. And yes, it's only a two seater, but so what? So's the 'Vette and it's amazing how often that isn't quoted as a complaint. Certainly the Smart could happily hold both myself and my dad, and neither of us are exactly small individuals, and it felt just as nippy as ever.

      The only reasons I decided against buying one where: 1) Price. As I wanted a well-specified coupe it was coming in around £9k, which on a Smart finance deal is far too close to the cost of a Honda Jazz/Fitt. 2) I don't want to deal with Merc after-sales support for repair and maintenance. They have a reputation for being simply awful that's been confirmed by several people I know who work for them in different capacities. But judged purely as a car it's different, fun to drive, cheap to run (if not to buy), very well equipped and has a LOT of character. I can understand why so many people get addicted to the ForTwo (and, for pretty much the same reasons, understand why the ForFour failed horribley).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Buyers will not cross-shop the ForTwo with the Yaris, Aveo or Fit. They will be considering a base Mini Cooper (cute, stylish, fun to drive) or a Prius (loud statement of environmental friendliness). They will sell out in the San Francisco Bay Area, guaranteed, and they make good sense as a second car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think its time to crap or get off the pot - I'm tired of them threatening about this. I am glad they dropped the idea of a small SUV though - if they managed to figure that out then I hope the realize that they should bring the for4 here too. If they don't they will just be giving away small car sales to the others. The for2 will bring people in to the dealership - most of them would buy a for4 instead.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Proud Japanese...there you go again. Hate hate hate. Admit you're a bigot. It's the first step to recovery.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is positive news. But if these micro tiny cars don't generate at least 75mpg I don't think they will sell very well here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most ridiculous thing I have seen in a while. What are the crash test ratings on these go-karts? LOL

      http://www.sbftech.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      "DaimlerChrysler "leaning toward" launching Smart in the U.S."

      DiamlerChrysler needs to shut the f*ck up until they actually do something with this brand in terms of the US market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PS - For the USians out there, that's 56 miles per US gallon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Smart is a fashion statement and will sell very well, until the fad wears off. The brand would do well here if they sold the Brabus Roadster. Instead of giving the roadster the axe, maybe they can can tweak it and give it to the Chrysler/Dodge division to sell as a sub-competitor to the Solstice/Sky
      • 8 Years Ago
      Smarts are a wierd fashion statement. I can't find the link, but read somewhere that smart didn't do very well in real world gas mileage, not to mention taking 20sec to get up to 60mph.

      I think a toyota Yaris is better/cheaper and probably gets close in gas mileage, and doesn't look like a circus clown car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reply to #21. Hmmm...I wonder if a motorcycle wouldn't be a better option, and probably comparable gas mileage (sport bike under under 1000cc).

      A motorcycle is not a better option. Motorcycles get you wet, don't do so well in snow and THEY FALL OVER!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It needs to get better gas mileage than anything else to sell and that includes hybrids. When the Rambler (small for the times) was introduced in 1950, it was a sporty convertible. It was a great success. The first Smart here should be a trend setter sporty car, not just another goofy little car. By the way, I'm looking for a nice Suzuki X-90.
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