Last fall a battery-powered clone of the first generation Smart ForTwo
turned up in China before it was quickly stomped down
. Another one is now expected to be displayed at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show
and China Automobile Deutschland wants to begin European imports. The Shuanghuan Noble is a four seater that looks much like the Smart and is expected to cost 7,000 euros.
As expected, Mercedes
is not happy about the idea and is threatening legal action to stop the little car. They have already been in touch with the manufacturer but probably won't comment publicly until the car appears in public at the show.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]