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Coming to America: Smart Cars

Due to resounding sale success in Canada, DaimlerChrysler plan on launching the gasoline version of the Smart Car in the US. This car will target the urbanite’s who consider themselves to be outside the main stream of car owners. DaimlerChrysler Inc. said high gas prices and the unexpected success of its two-seater Smart car in Canada convinced it the brand will sell in the U.S., too. A redesigned, second-generation version of the Smart that will meet U.S. emission rules will go on sale in a new dealer network in the first quarter of 2008, DaimlerChrysler president Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday. Its time big cities in the US started getting people to drive smaller cars. If you are an urbanite/student then this car is the solution to all those parking problem. Con, if you are late for work you cannot use the excuse anymore, that you could not find a parking spot for this car.

Want a Smart Car?

There is no need to hold your breathe too long because Smart cars have been around for sometime in the US, unfortunately the demand for these cars are generally associated with urban city centers. If you want one go check out Zap!

When I was in London last year, I did see a few of them on the streets, nifty little things, I bet parallel parking these things is sweet. Though smart cars have been available in Canada, I had not seen any in Montreal, that is before I left in Dec 2004. The only problem I have is that all of them look a bit to boxy, but hey you have give something up in order to get good mileage (approx. 50mpg). Daimler Chrysler is integrating it profit-making Smart Car brand into its Mercedes Benz Company. DCX already has a prototype out, Smart Crosstown hybrid. Let see what else comes out of this marriage?

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