Mercedes isn't bringing the Smart fortwo to the U.S. for another year, but drivers in the Chicago area can buy in a few weeks, thanks to Windy City Smart Car, an independent distributor (Californians can get one from Zap!). An L.A. conversion company is making sure the fortwo models, including coupe and cabriolet, that Windy City Smart Car will sell are compliant with EPA and DOT rules.

With the introduction of the diminutive smart fortwos, Windy City Smart Car is making sure people know the car is safe (just look at the photo above, taken from their website). I did not know before now that the steering column in a smart electronically retracts telescopically upon impact to minimize injuries.

Windy City Smart Car's prices start at $26,850 for the coupe/ $29,800 for the cabriolet. Click here for all the specifications.

Another green transportation option in Chicago: car sharing from Zipcar

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[Source: Windy City Smart Car]

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