Smart Releases United States ForTwo Pricing
The lowest priced model, the Pure coupe, will sell for a base price of $11,590, and the higher-priced Passion coupe model will sell for a base price of $13,590. The Passion is also available in a convertible version that starts at $16,590. None of the prices quoted include shipping.
Every Smart model has a three-cylinder, 1.0 liter engine that puts out 71 horsepower, and every model has four airbags and ABS. The Passion trim level adds as standard: alloy wheels, air-conditioning with climate control, panoramic sunroof, a nice three-spoke leather sport steering wheel, paddle shifter and a CD/MP3 player. Tick the “comfort” option box and you get leather seats, electric power steering, rain/light sensors and auto-off headlights with exit delay. The Passion Cabrio has an even higher level of standard equipment.
Smart USA stated previously that U.S. sales would commence in January 2008, but has fudged that date a little bit, and now says that sales will start in first quarter 2008.
The Smart minicar is built by the Mercedes Car Group. Smart has never been profitable despite selling over 800,000 Smart ForTwos in 36 countries since 1998 and Mercedes is counting on the addition of U.S. sales to finally push the Smart unit into profitability.
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