NYC garages grant smart fortwo cheaper parking rates

In Europe, it's common to see several smart cars sharing a single parallel parking space, with their diminutive front bumpers against the curb and the rear facing traffic. Try that in New York city, and you'll likely get towed. Instead, smart fortwo owners can take advantage of Meyers Parking's half price offer: 50% off daily and monthly parking rates in the city.

In a press release (available after the jump), Mike Carolan of Meyers parking said, "We are excited to offer smart owners a discount, as it seems only appropriate that smart owners pay half price since they only take up half the space."

We agree you shouldn't be charged for a full space when you only have half a car. With the cost of parking in the Big Apple, this deal alone could move a few more of the colorful little two-seaters.

[Sources: Gadgetell via Fashion Funky]

Thanks for the tip, Yash!
Here's the full press release from Smart USA:

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., (Sept., 8, 2008) – smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG), announces Meyers Parking in New York City now offers parking discounts to smart fortwo owners. Owners of the revolutionary vehicle will receive a 50 percent discount off daily and monthly posted parking rates at any of the six Meyers Parking facilities in New York City.

"Our arrangement with Meyers Parking gives smart owners the best of both worlds: the ability to park at a discounted price, along with the ease to park almost anywhere," said Dave Schembri, President of smart USA. "The smart fortwo is helping New Yorkers change the way they park and navigate congested city streets, while offering great fuel economy, safety and functionality."

At 61 inches wide and 106 inches long, the smart fortwo is a practical solution for New Yorkers looking to find an easy way to park in New York City. In addition to being easy to park, the vehicle is attracting an overwhelming number of buyers who want a solution to high gas prices, a way to reduce their environmental footprint and beat urban congestion in a package that is fun to drive.

"Decreased parking supply and urban congestion represent a continuing problem in New York, and we can't think of a better company to partner with than smart USA to help combat these issues," said Mike Carolan, Director of Operations for Meyers Parking. "We are excited to offer smart owners a discount, as it seems only appropriate that smart owners pay half price since they only take up half the space."

Meyers Parking is the official parking garage of Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers, New York Knicks and New York Liberty. Meyers also has the largest public garages in Times Square, on the Upper East Side and the Empire State Building area. The discount for smart fortwo owners will run now through Dec. 31, 2008.

smart USA has sold more than 16,000 smart fortwos since January 16, 2008. Currently there are approximately 1,700 smart owners in the metropolitan New York market. There are currently seven smart centers located in the tri-state area including: Manhattan, Roslyn, Smithtown and White Plains in New York, Edison and Englewood in New Jersey and Fairfield, Connecticut.

Meyers Parking is a recognized leader in the parking industry with a proud history of providing courteous and efficient service to its customers. With facilities located throughout New York City, Meyers Parking proudly services over 3,000,000 customers per year with over 5000 available parking spaces. Meyers Parking has locations which provide public parking for New York City's greatest entertainment venues and tourist attractions including Madison Square Garden, Times Square, The Javits Center and the Empire State Building. For additional information about Meyers Parking please email
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ABOUT the smart fortwo and smart USA
smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. The smart fortwo is a brand of and is manufactured by Daimler AG. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 41 mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle, as certified by the State of California Air Resources Board. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in 37 countries, and nearly one million smart fortwos have been sold since 1998. The 2009 smart fortwo is available in three trim levels ranging in price from $11,590 to $16,590*.

* For current model year only. Prices are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice. Excludes tax, title, registration, destination charge, options and other dealer fees.

smart is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.

Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., operates 307 retail automotive franchises, representing more than 40 different brands, and 27 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive Group, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 159 franchises in 19 states and Puerto Rico and 148 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive Group is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 1000 and has approximately 16,000 employees.

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