DaimlerChrysler "leaning toward" launching Smart in the U.S.

Those were the less-than decisive words of DaimlerChrysler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche in a newspaper interview published Sunday in Germany. The final decision is expected later this month, but it looks like the two-seater Smart may indeed take a shot at the U.S. market, in the guise of the redesigned 2007 model. Just in time, the ever-vigilant folks over at WorldCarFans.com have a gallery of spy shots of the 2007 ForTwo here.

If the minicar does hit the U.S., it will have to be part of a Smart strategy to (finally) turn a profit in 2007. In the past year, Smart has received the full Zetsche treatment, axing the four-seater and roadster models, and dropping plans for a mini-SUV, leaving the automaker with only the ForTwo model.

[Source: Reuters]

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