• Jul 11, 2006
The SMART car lineup has been trimmed from three models to just one after the cancellation of the forfour and roadster models. So the future profitability of the brand rests on the tiny fenders of the fortwo, which will be coming to the U.S. in 2008. WhatCar? is reporting that the tiny two-seater will be rehashed before it makes its American debut. As you can see from this rendering, the overall look may be largely unchanged, with the biggest difference being the new headlights and front fascia. WhatCar?, however, calls the next fortwo "all-new", so perhaps DaimlerChrysler will be substantially revamping the car inside and out in an effort to make it more appealing to U.S. tastes.  

[Source: WhatCar?


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Big cars are for soccer moms, or people that feel they have something to prove... or soccer moms that feel they have something to prove.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about the rest of the canadians on here, but I see these cars on the road all the time here in ottawa. At first I thought that they were too small, but you get used to seeing them. I don't know if I'd want to drive one on the highway in a wind storm, but for around town they seem ok.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I heard somewhere that the new model would be longer and thus more likely to be eligible under some US safety regulations.
      IMHO, making it longer takes some of the spirit away, as it is a key selling point here in Europe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just bought a fortwo and love it. Behind the wheel, it doesn't feel small because you sit high. Small does NOT mean unsave - read the crash results. It's great for zipping around the narrow streets in Ajijic, the small Mexican village where we live. Too bad folks north of the border will have to wait until 2008.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Smart Cars are already available in the US from ZAP. A California based company who is also planning on brining a Brazilian made car to the US, Obvio! 828, that is a hybrid that can run on any combination of ethanol and gas
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know some of you really need to think a little before you post... getting really tired of the obvious, "these are too small", "they aren't safe", "they will be crushed by a Hummer/Semi/SUV" posts. I bet there IS a market for this car, although not a big one. And the market obviously isnt you. There are a lot of people itching to get their hands on this car, my sister being one of them.
      guy
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been watching these cars for several years in Europe. These along with such cars as the Mini-Cooper are fantastic. With gas at $3 bucks a gallon - these make a ton of sense. If these cars can make it in Europe - as crazy as they drive - why not here?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have driven one in Europe and it is a great city car but the Civics looked huge there. They are comfortable and roomy with easy entry. I know a guy from Berlin who drives a convertible on the Autobahn but there aren't SUVs and the drivers are better. If I lived in a city here I'd buy one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi everyone, I did not know if you are aware of it, but the Smart Cars are already available in the USA. ZAP (Stock Symbol:ZP-NYSE), a California-based Company, imports the cars, modify them to the American standards and distributes them. The car is available in 45 States and ZAP has sold 200 cars by now. There is no need to wait until 2008 to have a Smart and save money with gas. Learn more at www.zapworld.com.

      Eveline Souza
      ZAP PR Coordinator.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who the hell would want to drive in such a tiny car? I imagine it's not all that comfortable to drive in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Zap claimed that they had orders for about 156,000 smart cars-the only problem is that it takes 2 1/2 weeks to convert these 40 mpg wondercars for the US market-and for that you have the luck to pay $25,000 to $29,000 dollars to be the first(and only one) on your block to own this cultural icon. I wonder why forTwo sales world wide are dropping-even with heavy incentives. It took 2 months for a UK auto mag to get a replacement Michelin tire for their long term Brabus forFour-(or Mitsubishi Colt in drag). In 2000, when all models of the car cost less than the equivalent of $12,000 US-the smart made a lot of sense-they even offered a 1,000 Euro rebate on them 5 years ago to try to move them. I would hate to be a salesman trying to demonstrate one of these cars to a prospective buyer-maybe with the extra 6" in length they can include a spare tire! I know everyone will love the new 660 CC Mitsubishi motor and the new auto trans instead of the universally hated sequential auto box currently supplied. Be careful what you wish for- in the UK the smart forTwo has 65% depreciation over 3 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That rendering looks nice. I'll even take one in that orangish copper color.
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