• Mar 19, 2007
European model PASSION CABRIO shown

We alerted you to the fact that smart would be taking $99 reservations for its U.S. bound fortwo and the day has come when you can officially get in line for a fee. A registration page has been set up that will take your vital info, including your drivers license number, as well as what model fortwo you'd like and the color of the body panels, trident safety cell and interior. The $99 fee doesn't guarantee you a car, as it's meant to help DaimlerChrysler distribute the vehicles they'll have to the regions where demand is greatest. If you do manage to buy one, the fee will be added to the cost of your vehicle. If you don't get one, they'll refund the money.

According to the registration page, the U.S. fortwo will start at under $12,000 for the PURE model (just a note – it appears the PURE comes sans stereo with a "radio-ready dash). The slightly uplevel PASSION model (with an AM/FM radio and CD player) will begin under $14,000, and the PASSION CABRIO just under $17,000. While this pricing is most likely not final, it can't be far off. Color us impressed, as we were expecting a base smart fortwo to start in the $15k to $16k range based on the kitsch factor of smart's image alone. Beginning at $12,000, however, means DCX will have to worry about supply much more than what we expect to be extremely high demand for this urban runabout.

Thanks for the tip, Matt!

[Source: Smart USA]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dirk,
      Thanks for the reminder.

      Why this li'l pup ain't half the size of my Suburban. How am I supposed to fit myself, my hat AND my ego in a tin can?
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I wanna know is what class the SCCA will place these for Showroom Stock and Autocross....Heh, heh, heh!
      • 7 Years Ago
      12k SMART sans radio
      14k SMART + radio

      I am assuming they are including more than a radio for $2000?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait to drive one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wooohoooo I reserved my red convertible! Will be selling my Honda Fit! I can't WAIT!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Only $12K for a rolling death trap!"

      Cue the usual safety concern rant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sooooo much more desirable, as a commuter car, than the Yaris/Fit/Versa crowd. Sure, it can't carry more than two people and won't handle a trip to Home Depot like the Fit will, but so what? I'd rather have a commuter car that has genuine personality and an interior color other than charcoal grey. I'd also wager this fares as well or better in crash tests as any of those cars.

      Now give us the diesel engine and this will be perfect!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "No way they'll sell at those prices." by Brooksie

      Just remember you said this... When you see them everywhere a few years from now. Not attacking you personally, but I'm so sure you are wrong here. Maybe they won't sell in some places, but in large cities you'll see them everywhere.

      And comparing it to an Aveo? Puh-LEASE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have one (here in Munich, Germamy). Fits perfect into the smallest spaces and makes a perfect commuter car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like I'd give my money to Daimler for nothing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like they're only offering the gasoline engine, which makes the vehicle pretty pointless.

      Why would you drive such a tiny vehicle if you're only going to get 40 mpg?

      The diesel would be a more logical choice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car seems nice, but $12,000 is a bit too much IMO. A new Aveo sedan starts at $12,575.
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