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When smart first decided to offer its diminutive fortwo in the United States, the automaker and Penske, the U.S. distributor, pegged a goal of 20,000 sales for its first year. That mark has come and gone, a full two months ahead of schedule. In early August, we heard that Penske had raised its sales expectations to somewhere between 24,000 and 27,500, a mark that shouldn't be hard to hit considering that over 7,000 units have been delivered in the last three months. This is the first year that t

On Tuesday, ZAP, makers of the micro Smart Cars (not to be confused with the smart cars by DaimlerChrysler) posted sales totaling $2.3 million since inception according to the company. Said Steve Schneider, ZAP CEO, "The purpose of this announcement is to let the world know that we are executing on our business plan."

Late last month ZAP delivered the first 85 Americanized SMART cars to U.S. customers. The first delivery was made to Tim Day of Phoenix who won the honor with the highest bid on an eBay auction last summer. Both the application process for government certification and a suit filed by ZAP against DaimlerChysler and others for business interference has delayed the importation of SMART cars into the U.S. until now.

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