If you're looking forward to buying a smart car this year, chances are you live near a future dealership if you reside in the deep South or on the Plains. Penske Automotive Group, the official distributor of the smart, says 68 dealers in 31 states will be ready for sales at least by February, and most sometime this month. Smart describes its dealerships as having a "distinctive black facade," a showroom in smart black, yellow and white and a smart boutique selling smart-branded merch. It all sounds very smart.
The company hopes to have a total of 74 dealers by the fourth quarter of 2008. The final six locations will be in Alabama, California, Mississippi, Nevada and South Carolina. The San Rafael, Calif. location is expected to be the last addition.

As expected, the network will sell three levels of the Smart fortwo, the pure coupe starting at $11,590, the passion coupe at $13,950 and the passion cabriolet at $16,590.

If you want to know exactly how close you live to a future smart dealer, follow the jump where you'll find a list of the first 68 dealers, their addresses and phone numbers.



PRESS RELEASE:

smart USA Announces U.S. Dealer Network

smart fortwo to debut at dealerships beginning this month

Bloomfield Hills, MI (January 14, 2008) – smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG), is pleased to announce its dealership network of 74 smart dealerships across the United States. In the U.S., 68 dealers located in 31 states have been certified by smart USA as ready for business and are expected to begin retailing vehicles in January, subject to licensing and other required approvals. The remaining six dealerships are expected to commence retailing vehicles throughout 2008 upon completion of their facilities and obtaining licensing approval.

"We carefully selected dealers across the country who can best represent the smart brand," said Dave Schembri, president of smart USA. "Each dealer participated in our detailed qualification process, including an assessment of reputation for exceptional customer care. We are very pleased with our dealership network and we welcome our dealers to the smart family."

smart USA dealerships will be branded as "smart center" with the city name (for example – the dealership in Beverly Hills, California will be called - smart center Beverly Hills). The exterior will feature a distinctive black façade with a dramatic entrance featuring the smart logo overhead. Each showroom will showcase multiple vehicles and will sport the brand's signature black, yellow and white logo colors. The ceiling, walls and floor will be brilliant white so the cars are the center of attention on the showroom floor. Other dealership features include open sales consultation stations, a tridion safety cell and a smart boutique where customers may purchase the latest in smart merchandise.

Dealers will sell three trim levels of the smart fortwo. The pure coupe will retail starting at $11,590*, the passion coupe will retail starting at $13,590* and the well-equipped passion cabriolet will retail starting at $16,590*. Complete information about pricing, standard equipment and options can be found at www.smartusa.com.

Anticipated opening dates for authorized smart USA dealerships are indicated below and are subject to change. An updated list of authorized dealerships can be found on the company's website at www.smartusa.com. Please contact each individual dealership for additional information, including exact opening dates.

* Expected prices exclude tax, license, registration, destination charge and options.


Official smart USA Dealers

smart center Chandler – Approx. opening date mid-January
7450 West Orchid Lane
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 421-4341

smart center Beverly Hills – Approx. opening date mid-January
9250 Beverly Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 248-4219

smart center Santa Barbara – Approx. opening date mid-January
401 S. Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-4206

smart center Laguna Niguel – Approx. opening date mid-January
One Star Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 347-7627

smart center West Covina – Approx. opening date mid-January
2010 East Garvey Avenue South
West Covina, CA 91791
(626) 430-3710

smart center Riverside – Approx. opening date mid-January
8505 Indiana Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 688-3332

smart center Universal City – Approx. opening date mid-January
4227 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91603
(818) 762-7875

smart center Sacramento – Approx. opening date mid-January
2625 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 643-7300

smart center San Francisco – Approx. opening date mid-January
500 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-4268

smart center San Jose – Approx. opening date mid-January
3940 Stevens Creek Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 247-9034

smart center San Diego – Approx. opening date mid-January
4750 Kearny Mesa Road
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 569-6900

smart center Denver – Approx. opening date in February
2855 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
(503) 372-7539

smart center Hartford – Approx. opening date mid-January
650 Connecticut Blvd.
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 290-6134

smart center Fairfield – Approx. opening date mid-January
80 Commerce Drive
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 368-6725

smart center Jacksonville – Approx. opening date mid-January
7018 Blanding Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32244
(904) 726-3359

smart center Sarasota – Approx. opening date mid-January
4821 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 924-3019

smart center Weston – Approx. opening date mid-January
3500 Weston Road
Davie, FL 33331
(954) 377-7400

smart center Palm Beach – Approx. opening date mid-January
3974 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
(561) 248-1186

smart center Coral Gables – Approx. opening date in February
272 Valencia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-8593 x477

smart center Tampa Bay – Approx. opening date in February
3800 W Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-0010

smart center Clearwater – Approx. opening date in February
19820 US 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 432-1122

smart center Orlando – Approx. opening date mid-January
8675 Commodity Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 992-3250

smart center Buckhead – Approx. opening date February
2799 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 846-3500

smart center Lake Bluff – Approx. opening date mid-January
775 Rockland Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
(847) 283-8256

smart center Lincolnwood – Approx. opening date mid-January
4255 West Touhy Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 933-7823

smart center Indianapolis – Approx. opening date mid-January
4000 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 580-6801

smart center Merriam – Approx. opening date mid-January
9400 West 65th Street
Merriam, KS 66203
(913) 677-3300

smart center Louisville – Approx. opening date mid-January
2400 Blankenbaker Parkway
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 499-5006

smart center Germantown – Approx. opening date mid-January
19750 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 601-5573

smart center Annapolis – Approx. opening date mid-January
324 Sixth Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
(443) 875-0444

smart center Boston – Approx. opening date mid-January
259 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 666-4100

smart center Lynnfield – Approx. opening date mid-January
385 Broadway
Lynnfield, MA 01940
(617) 666-4100

smart center Bloomfield – Approx. opening date mid-January
1765 S. Telegraph
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
(248) 648-2453

smart center Bloomington – Approx. opening date mid-January
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 837-6363

smart center Creve Coeur – Approx. opening date mid-January
11830 Olive St. Rd.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314) 919-8002

smart center La Vista – Approx. opening date mid-January
7010 S. 124th Circle
LaVista, NE 68128
(402) 339-3131

smart center Englewood – Approx. opening date mid-January
24 Grand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 567-1400

smart center Edison – Approx. opening date mid-January
910 U.S. Route One
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 549-6600

smart center Cherry Hill – Approx. opening date mid-January
2151 Rte 70 West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 663-3200

smart center Albuquerque – Approx. opening date mid-January
1220 Renaissance NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 999-2500

smart center Latham – Approx. opening date mid-January
1111 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 724-1015 x124

smart center Buffalo – Approx. opening date mid-January
8185 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 633-0088

smart center Manhattan – Approx. opening date mid-January
536 W. 41 Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 629-1610

smart center Roslyn – Approx. opening date mid-January
1600 Northern Blvd.
Roslyn, NY 11576
(516) 625-1600

smart center White Plains – Approx. opening date mid-January
460 Tarrytown Road
White Plains, NY 10607
(917) 817-7944

smart center Smithtown – Approx. opening date mid-January
463 Middle Country Rd.
St. James, NY 11780
(631) 265-2204

smart center South Charlotte – Approx. opening date mid-January
950 N. Polk Street
Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 889-4455

smart center Cary – Approx. opening date mid-January
2400 Auto Park Blvd.
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 876-5432

smart center Winston-Salem - Approx. opening date mid-January
691 Jonestown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 760-4580

smart center Bedford – Approx. opening date mid-January
99 Broadway
Bedford, OH 44146
(440) 359-1560

smart center Easton – Approx. opening date February
4300 Morse Crossing
Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 291-2007

smart center Tulsa – Approx. opening date mid-January
9393 S. Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 249-9393

smart center Portland – Approx. opening date mid-January
9215 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 372-7539

smart center Devon – Approx. opening date mid-January
215 West Lancaster Avenue
Devon, PA 19333
(610) 848-7627

smart center Pittsburgh – Approx. opening date mid-January
4709 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 683-5000

smart center Warwick – Approx. opening date mid-January
1557 Bald Hill Road – 2nd Floor
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 824-2252

smart center Knoxville – Approx. opening date mid-January
10131 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 777-2222

smart center Dallas – Approx. opening date mid-January
6113 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 443-8211

smart center San Antonio – Approx. opening date mid-January
10739 I-H 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 558-1500

smart center Sugar Land – Approx. opening date mid-January
15625 SW Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 207-1550

smart center Houston North – Approx. opening date mid-January
17510 I-45 North
Houston, TX 77090
(972) 628-4652

smart center Round Rock – Approx. opening date mid-January
2132 North Mays – Suite 930
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 493-9122

smart center Lindon – Approx. opening date in February
530 S. Lindon Park Drive
Lindon, UT 84042
(801) 222-4400

smart center Tysons Corner – Approx. opening date mid-January
8601 Westwood Center Dr.
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 564-6400

smart center Alexandria – Approx. opening date mid-January
1605 Fern Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 647-1276

smart center Virginia Beach – Approx. opening date in February
5193 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 490-1111 x2080

smart center Seattle – Approx. opening date mid-January
311 Baker Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 243-1455

smart center Milwaukee – Approx. opening date mid-January
11340 West Metro Blvd.
Neenah, WI 53224
(920) 725-4444


Expected smart center Locations

Birmingham, Alabama - Second Quarter 2008

Torrance, California - Second Quarter 2008

San Rafael, California - Fourth Quarter 2008

Jackson, Mississippi - Second Quarter 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada - Second Quarter 2008

Charleston, South Carolina - Third Quarter 2008


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