• Jan 7, 2007
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AutoBlogGreen has information on the impending US market launch of the Smart ForTwo. Here's the gist: sub-$15,000 base price, three trim levels, coupe and cabriolet, and one gas engine will be available at launch. We've also got a large gallery of live shots from the show floor, as well as outside Cobo Hall where SMART cars are being parallel parked between two large limos all day long. Weird.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Can this thing really be that bad?? Any small car with a short wheel base will not handle bumps well and a tall body like that is going to have wind resistance. These are things you should almost expect in a vehicle of this size. It is 3 feet shorter than an 06 Mini Cooper. No one should expect the ForTwo to have a soft and composed ride quality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sub $15,000 base price? The US introduction might just work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What kind of gas mileage are we talking about here? I'm gonna have to replace my 3 cylinder Metro eventually- if this is north of 50 mpg, it'll be tempting. Unnerving on the interstate? Probably. So's a Metro.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not launching with a diesel is one dumb move, SMART. Most people interested in this car are concerned with MPG. Why not start things off with the most MPG you can provide?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm certainly a DCX fanboy, but for $15K I'd rather have a Honda Fit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      interesting that the rear wheels have some dish, and the front wheels do not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes- the new second generation smart forTwo is a better car than the previous model-it had better be based on my own personal driving experiences both in the US and on the Continent. With sales in November down more than 30% - the marketing wizards of Boblingen need a "hail Mary pass" at the least. I got to experience the new car yesterday first hand at the NAIAS. A few things worth noting- No DIESEL yet-so it probably won't get more than 45 MPG with the new 3 CYL MITSUBISHI motor. Still no spare Tire-in fact the car on display was shod with Bridgestones on the front and Michelin Pilots at the rear-225X35X17's. I think tire selection is very important on this car- Pirelli/Michelin NOT Continental or Bridgestones. I'm sorry to see that the engineers were unable to include a set of side CURTAIN airbags. They have finally made side airbags standard but side curtains are essential in a car like this. The smart also is one of the very few cars still available with MANUAL steering (electric is optional). The marketing type at the show hinted that the pricing would start at $12,500 for the base PURE MODEL. I bet a loaded cabriolet will still go for close to 20 K plus the added dealer Mop & Glow factors for those wanting to be the first on the block. I think that the car being able to seat only 2 people will limit it's popularity. If you want to buy a neat/safe car for a child going off to college I would pick the new Volvo C 30 . smart answers a question too few people ask and to sell them will require a lenghty demonstration drtive and a very skilled sales person. It took two years for sales of the New Beetle and the New Mini to take off. There are a lot of interesting challengers coming down the pike from Toyota, Ford & Fiat. When the cars w/o tax in Europe sold for the equivalent of $ 7-11,000 USD and the USD=.88 Euros, the car made a lot of economic sense. Cmpared to the grey market guys charging 25-29 K I guess 15K is a bargain. Roger P seems unconcerned about either $1.89 gas or the possibility that the US$ will slip further behind the strong Euro. Time is running out and the new car may be too little too late.
      • 8 Years Ago
      CSOCSO: Don't be too sure. Last month the IIHS rated the xB as one of the poorest performers in crash tests. http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=118908?imw=Y

      The current Fortwo gets a three-star Euro NCAP rating and the new one is expected to get four.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I heard the handling on the 1st gen was nothing to write home about. Hopefully they've fixed that this time around.

      I find it interesting that you all fixate on the price. While I do like the Yaris (so much that I bought one), I was actually a little offended at how much small still equals cheap in the US. It seems Mini didn't teach the automakers anything - I would have paid significantly more for a swankier car, but that wasn't even an option. If the ForTwo has a nicer interior, better appointments, etc. etc. shouldn't they charge more for it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3: Of course. Even the Toyota Aygo or the Dacia Logan offer more than a Smart -- at less than two third of the price. But here in Europe Smarts are popular in big cities because parking is more easy with 3 feet less of an automobile.

      So the Smart has its niche in Rome, Paris, Madrid, Brusells, London, Berlin -- and probably New York too...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me? 15k, that's steep. I was at most expecting nothing more than 12k. This isn't going to go over well against the other small and less expensive cars in the states.
      • 8 Years Ago
      can also be used as a coffin when rear ended by a yugo. i've got shoes that are bigger than this death trap.
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