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11Smart For-Us electric pickup making its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show

The lads and lasses at Smart have teased numerous different versions of their urban two-door in an effort to get more Americans to pay more attention to it. Car2Go is a worthy attention getter, and the Smart For-Us concept might be another, because who among us red-blooded U.S. of A'ers doesn't love a pickup truck – even one the size of a ladybug?

22Smart For-Us pickup making its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show

The lads and lasses at Smart have teased numerous different versions of their urban two-door in an effort to get more Americans to pay more attention to it. Car2Go is a worthy attention getter, and the Smart For-Us concept might be another, because who among us red-blooded U.S. of A'ers doesn't love a pickup truck – even one the size of a ladybug?

28Mercedes-Benz re-introducing Smart to U.S. because people are "not aware of the brand"

Hey Smart, where have you been? Oh, you've been here all along? Sorry, we didn't notice.

7Mercedes-Benz names Tracey Matura general manager of Smart USA

With Penske walking away from its distribution rights, management, sales and marketing duties for Smart and Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) stepping in to peddle the pint-sized city cars, the German automaker has announced that a change atop Smart USA is coming.

9Fortwos gets a $9.99 Smart Drive iPhone app (and a $300 cradle for your iPhone)

The all-electric Smart EDs may not be here yet, but a companion app for the little city cars is already available in the iTunes App Store [$9.99 for the U.S version, $11.99 for the EU version]. Called Smart Drive, the app is one half of the Smart Drive Kit (the other is a holder that connects your iPhone to the dashboard and to the Fortwo's entertainment system) and is suitable for use in non-electric Fortwos as well. Heck, you could probably use this app in any car you wanted with limited funct

28Report: Smart looking to stem the gloom with first U.S. lease program

2009 Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery

14Detroit 2010: Smart USA's Jill Lajdziak says lifestyle message can boost sales

During the blur of the Detroit Auto Show this week, we checked in with fresh Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak to see what the boss has to say about her new job, sales of the fortwo in the U.S. and what's up with the all-electric Smart Ed. Lajdziak only recently joined up with Penske Automotive and Smart after spending time as general manager at Saturn. She was named to the top post just last week.

AddPenske appoints Jill Lajdziak to run Smart USA, hopes to stem sales collapse

Just a few weeks ago, former Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak was hired by Penske Automotive to head sales and marketing for its Smart USA operations. Now Lajdziak will take over the entire operation as the new president of Smart USA, replacing Dave Schembri, who held the post since its inception.

38Penske appoints Jill Lajdziak to run Smart USA hoping to stem sales collapse

Just a few weeks ago, former Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak was hired by Penske Automotive to head sales and marketing for its Smart USA operations. Now, Smart has announced that Lajdziak will take over the entire operation as the new president of Smart USA, replacing Dave Schembri who has held the post since its inception.

Addsmart USA president Dave Schembri on clunkers, upcoming electric smarts

2009 Smart ForTwo – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddDetroit 2009: more details on the smart ed's 2010 US introduction

Click above for a high-res gallery of the smart ed

AddABG chats with SmartUSA president David Schembri about EVs, diesel, micro-hybrids and more

One of the newest cars to drop into the US market is the Smart ForTwo. A decade after its European debut, the two-seat city car finally arrived stateside after several abortive attempts by both its parent company Daimler and independent distributors. This time around Daimler worked with a US distributor set up by serial entrepreneur and race team owner Roger Penske to create SmartUSA. At the LA Auto Show last week we sat down with SmartUSA president David Schembri to discuss the company's first

1720,000 pre-orders for the Smart fortwo

DaimlerChrysler's U.S. distributor for the tiny Smart fortwo has taken more than 20,000 reservations for the upcoming minicar, with customers paying $99 upfront for the privilege of being one of the first in the country to own one. With base models expected to start below $12,000 and rising up to roughly $17,000 for a convertible version, the cost effective model took less than four months to tally up its pre-release orders.

AddSmartUSA has already accepted 12,600 deposits for the FourTwo

We just shared with you earlier today a news item that SmartUSA will be trekking across the United States, coast to coast, to show off their new Smart FourTwo that will be available to U.S. consumers for the first time next year. Now, we get news that 12,600 deposits of $99 have already been placed for the diminutive little machine, and the tour hasn't even started yet! With three-quarters of the expected total allotment for the year already spoken for, if you want one and still have not put any

7$300,000 buy-in to sell Smarts in U.S.

Smart USA has begun recruiting North American dealers to sell the diminutive two-seater and is starting with current DaimlerChrysler dealers. While those already selling DC products would not be required to build a stand-alone Smart showroom, they would have to dedicate 2,000 sq feet to the product and provide a separate entrance. Automotive News reports dealers would be expected to invest about $300,000 apiece for the priviledge of selling Smarts. AutoNation, which runs 13 Mercedes dealerships,

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