2008 Smart ForTwo officially priced from $11,590 starting in January

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Smart USA has officially announced the pricing and on sale date for the new ForTwo. The car will be available in three trim levels with the entry level pure coupe starting at $11,590. All models get a five speed gearbox with an automatic clutch that can be shifted manually or left to switch gears automatically. A step up to the passion coupe costs $2,000 and brings a glass panorama roof, alloy wheels, and air conditioning.

For $16,590 drivers will be able to get open air motoring with the passion cabrio. All three models get a 1.0L three-cylinder 71hp engine and should get mileage in the low forties. The dealer network will be announced this fall and sales should start in January.

[Source: SmartUSA]

smart USA Announces Pricing of smart fortwo Models

Innovative and Unique Vehicle to Go on Sale January 2008

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI, (Sept. 5, 2007) – smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG), today announced the pricing of the all-new smart fortwo models that will be sold in the United States beginning in the first quarter of 2008.

The smart fortwo will be available in three trim levels. The entry-level pure coupe will start at $11,590*, manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), with standard convenience features such as a 5-speed transmission that allows drivers to switch between automatic and manual driving modes with the push of a button, central remote locking system, 2-spoke leather steering wheel, and a radio-ready console. The well-equipped passion coupe, starting at $13,590* MSRP, includes a panorama roof, alloy wheels, air conditioning with climate control, 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles, power windows, electric and heated side mirrors, and an AM/FM radio with CD player, all standard. Those seeking top-down excitement can choose the passion cabrio, starting at $16,590* MSRP, featuring a fully automatic soft top that can be easily adjusted with a push of a button, and in addition to the standard equipment of the passion coupe, a premium sound system with an in-dash mp3 compatible 6-CD changer. The value-priced cabriolet model is believed to debut as the lowest priced convertible offered in the United States. All models are equipped with a 1-liter, 3-cylinder, 71-horsepower engine.

"The smart fortwo offers a fantastic combination of fun to drive aspects, innovation, functionality – and all for a great value," said Dave Schembri, president of smart USA. "In addition, all smart fortwo models will come standard with four air bags and many other safety features found in many luxury vehicles."

An optional "comfort package" for the passion coupe and passion cabrio, at $850* MSRP, includes leather heated seats, electric power steering, rain/light sensors, and auto-off headlamps with exit delay.

Information about many other vehicle accessories and option pricing can be found on the smart USA website – www.smartusa.com.

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