12,600 Orders Placed for U.S. Smart Cars

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The company behind the Smart brand in the U.S. says it has received 12,600 deposits for the new Smart ForTwo minicar that will go on sale in 2008. The deposits are $99 and can be made via the company’s website. Smart is also going on the road with a traveling showroom this summer to spread the gospel of the 40-mpg-plus transport in 50 U.S. cities.

Smart is promising the base ForTwo will start under $12,000, with a convertible starting at $17,000. With gas prices seeing year-after-year spikes past $3 a gallon, they could become popular. The 12,600 number is pretty impressive, but for $99 it’s possible a few might sacrifice the deposit after actually sitting in and driving a production model.   

United Auto Group Received 12,600 Deposits For Smart Cars (CNNMoney.com)

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By David Thomas | May 10, 2007 | Comments (45)

Comments 

Tor

beats me why anyone would buy this car over a Hyundai accent, kia rio or Toyota Yaris.

Interetingly, I spotted a silver Smart in Madison, WI yesterday...

Ken

40 mpg is not really that impressive for a car that size and niether is 12,000 for a base price

Paul

After the first widely publicized fatality in a SMART,sales will falter like the Suzuki Samarai/Consumer Reports fiasco.
My Dodge Colt has been getting 37-40 mpg since new in January 1993 and it weighs 2400 lbs and seats 4 and has a trunk....who needs a tiny SMART?
Only those who arent very SMART.

BJ

one word: MADNESS!!!!!

Mike

Oh whine whine whine. Accept that fact that people buy what they buy (hm, like SUVs?) and that these things will be on our roads soon enough. Get used to them!

Graham

Curiously enough, in the rest of the world where these (and other very small cars) are sold, people do not manage to get themselves killed in vast numbers in them. Is there some suggestion by the naysayers here that American drivers are too dangerous to be allowed to drive in the vicinity of a Smart?

Bad Angus

Graham -- I think you are partly right. While we certainly don't have the WORST drivers in the world (in many middle-eastern countries, driving is a full-contact sport), we certainly drive the most lethal vehicls.

Also, I gotta wonder. SMART has 12,000 orders. How many of them are speculators -- putting down the $100 bucks with the hopes of making a 50% profit selling one of the first legal SMARTs on eBay to someone who just has to have one NOW.

I'll be shocked if they sell more than 4000 a year after the first wave of goofballs buy them for showing-off purposes.

Should we start a pool on first year sales?

IDONTNO

The people who buy this car are probably people who have 2 or 3 other cars, and they just bought this car to drive it for fun. I am a 100% sure that nobody will buy it as their only car unless the got mental problems.

I'm in! I think they're way cool! And I must be the biggest idiot cause I drive an 800lb vehicle with no airbags and no side protection whatsoever from the primadona's in their gas guzzling trucks that they don't even know how to place into 4WD low. Belly up to the global bar boys. It's time for us to start paying for our guzzling ways.

matt

You can get Smart's as rental cars, some one I know got one for a rental car back in november 06.

J

Hm...I swear I saw 3 at the Toyota dealer at Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Anyway, why would I cough up 12 grand for a car that sits 2, has virtually no luggage space after putting in a couple 6-packs, gets killed if run over by an Explorer(Or vehicle of the same kind)?
I could pay 3 more grand and get me a decently eqipped Fit and gets almost the same mileage.
Except, I can't park 2 Fits in one spot.

Ken L.

The Smart will be a hit with 1st time car buyers (mostly high school/college students) and seniors on a fixed income. It’s new, it’s frugal, it’s somewhat stylish, and it’s affordable. Best of all, a senior dude can actually drive this thing onto a golf course and nobody would notice the difference. After he’s done golfing, he can simply drive it home.

"Should we start a pool on first year sales?"

Put me down for 35,700; that's the number of Crossfires Chrysler sold in its first year.

Naturally I don't get this car - what with my external genitalia and all - but do 30ish year old women get it? I think they're already over it (all but 35,700 that is). My advice for Daimler: Smart ForTwo65 AMG.

Thor

This brand has been a big fiasco in Europe. And the people who buy one of this toys have money to have a bigger car.

It is like the people who buys a hybrid to show off and them have another car in the garage.

It reminds of all the dudes who buy bikes and sell them after the first day of rain.

Jonas

Hi, Jonas from sweden here. I have no idea how I found this website but the topic is interesting. I never thought smartcars were going to be sold in Sweden, but they did make their way up here and they have sold poorly.

It really surprises me that Americans are becoming so interested in smaller cars. We pay 5-6 dollars for a gallon of gasoline, but our cars become bigger and bigger. I really hope it will be a hit over there, the world really needs smaller cars.

Juan Carlos

question mr. jonas. is gas going up there too? here it has gone up in the last few weeks. has that been the case in sweden too? were you paying $5 in march and now paying $5.80?

LM

I think the naysayers on here must live in Kansas or something, where they don't believe in evolution and have never been in a real big city, and I don't mean Kansas City or Topeka.

Here in Boston, people will eat these up. I know they will be very popular in other big cities and college towns by who care about really being conservative in their use of resources or not being a road hog or parking hog. Places such as NYC, Chicago, DC, SF, Seattle, Portland, LA, Denver, Miami and college towns such as Madison, Chaple Hill, Davis, etc.

Close-minded Americans need to realize not everyone lives as they do, and not everyone wants to. The population of just those cities equals that of many European countries, and certainly more than Canada as a whole, so there is plenty of market for the SMART. So no, people in Kansas won't buy them, but we'll more than make up for them.

Jonas

It goes up and down. During the winter I fueled up for 10 sek/litre which is like $5/gallon. This morning I paid 11.70/litre (1.71USD).
We are used to high gasprices I guess. I wonder what it would be like here if the gas was $3 per gallon. Crazy =)

Jenki

LM, many of the folks who have wondered aloud why anyone would buy one of these have a good reason, (besides being closed minded). Whats the point? They aren't particularly cheap, don't get great mileage, they are just small.

I personally live in Denver, and would never buy one. I can't see driving one of those over a more comfortable, larger and therefore more useful vehicle that gets the same mileage.

The only reason someone would want one that I can see, is for driving in very large cities such as NY, where space is a premium. That is not the case for Denver, I can say for sure.

No one here is saying that they are not useful for Americans, and therefore useful for no-one. The predominant thought is, why don't they get better mileage? Then, they might be worth it.

LM

Jenki....some people just want small. Plain and simple. Maybe I misspoke about Denver; even without Denver there is still plenty of market for the SMART in the US.

On another note, maybe the reason the SMART doesn't get better MPG is that it's not very aerodynamic, I mean it's bolt upright like many SUVS, which dogs the little engine. Even so, if it gets 40mpg in the city that is quite an accomplishment for a non-hybrid. What will be interesting is how Honda's new small hybrid will compare in price/comfort and efficiency.

J

LM,
Like my previous post. Why in the world will I shell out 12K when I can get a Fit with 14K?
Gets similar mileage, can haul 4 real size people, and might survive after being run over by some pick-up around Detroit where I live.

Here in Saudi Arabia each family has to own an SUV it's like a must have.(Land Cruiser, H2, Yukons, Suburbans etc.)Because gas is $0.20USD/Gallon. I filled up my Lexus ES350 today for $4 or $5USD and over here its the same price for every single gas station in KSA not even a penny more.

Sanchez

The Smart guys have to be really desperate to try to sell this car in the USA. Here in Europe is has been a huge fiasco. If Mercedes wasn't behind this company they would have disappeared long time ago.

It is funny that someone would like to buy this expensive POS for environmental reason. Any person with this car in the garage has at least another car in their garage. Any Corolla or Saturn can do better in the road and can transport 4 people.

LM

Maybe the reason SMARTs are so expensive is that they are made in Europe (France no less), by expensive labor and months' long vacation rights. I wonder how cheap they would be if they were made in China or Bangladesh. Or even the U.S.

Kay

Ok, I am one who would be delighted to have a Smart. Smart is less than my '99 Escort cost used and is focused on what I want: SMALL but not a sports car.

Hey give it a chance -- not everyone lives in the same circumstances. I drive 100 miles round-trip for work. I haven't had 3 people in my car since the turn of the century. I have 1 passenger in my car 4-5 times a year. Why do I need to haul around all that empty space?

Thanks J for mentioning Fit. I had never heard of it. Ken L, I laughed about the golf course. It could be a whole new thing for drive-thru shopping, too - just reach out and take what you want from a shelf.

It seems like in my reading about the Smarts in the last year, that they have gotten longer, more expensive, and less milage coming to the US. Lots of regulations, I guess.

Jason

I have said this an another post, so I will say it again. From what I read this car is SAFE with the technology out there now. Look at the crash tests results for the Civic with and without airbags.

However, my concern is the repair cost. With the size of this thing and especially with the wheels literally at the corners, I don't think it would take much to total this vehicle. Then what? At $12K (and that is the base price) that is a lot of money for a totaled car.

Sorry, looks cute, it gets nice gas mileage--though I agree it should get much more for the size vehicle--and easy to park and drive in the city, but no thanks. As others have said, for the price you can get a larger vehicle--but not too much larger--with more power, more capacity, and about as good mileage for the same price. No sale.

Anonymous

I don't understand the venom that people are giving this automobile.

Everyday, I haul 3 imaginary people to work in the car, along with their imaginary luggage. They sit in the car all day long & then I lug all of them (including their luggage) back home.

When I go grocery shopping, my groceries don't even fill half of the trunk, never mind the entire thing.

When I park, I have to be careful about parking because some businesses have tight (for my car) parking spaces.

Laugh all you want at the (A). Size, (B). Cost, (C). Supposedly inferior (to other cars) fuel economy or some other factor but this car is attractive in my eyes because I'm tired of giving my 3 imaginary passengers a free round-trip pass everyday at $3.30 a gallon.

Saundi Henson

I am interested in purchasing a "SMART" car and I don't know how, where?? can you help me, I would like to be on the list for a 2008 model, can you help me??
Thank You,
Saundi Henson

Mai

Hey guys, where can I rent a Smart Car? I live in Seattle.

Dean

I like the Smart simply because it is different. For those of you who don't care for it, then why bother voicing an opinion?
Some of you may be interested in something like the Zap-X Crossover or the Obvio instead. Check it out at: http://www.zapworld.com/ZAPWorld.aspx?id=4560

me dalton ga.

i like its ttttiiiimmmmeeee

SmithSanchez

Can I hear expensive YUGO?

These cars will be sold for people who have an SUV in their garage.

Good for Smart and Mercedes, because in Europe they haven't sold a lot.

GT

Love it!

This car would be perfect for my wife. We already have a SUV in the garage for my car. Her car never has to haul any more than her alone from home to work and back. If we need to haul lots of stuff or multiple people, I already have a car that will work for that. What she does want in a small car is some style. Sure a Fit might get a few miles per gallon and is bigger more for a few thousand $ more, but it looks like all the other slug shaped compacts out there like the Yaris, the Fit, etc.... The Smart looks different than the rest, gets really good (but admittedly not best) mileage, and is marginally cheaper.

hammadwyne

hi, it's a very nice car beautyfull smart n sexy like me n he it is one of the best car in the world.

Laved Wood

I'M 57 YR I ALWAY DRIVE ALONE.I ONLY HAVE 1 PERSON WITH ME 3/4 x A YR. GAS IS $3.14.A GAL. 11/27/2007 IN GREEN BAY WI. I WANT A SMART PURE. THE FOOD STORE IS 3 BLK. WORK IS A 30 MI AROUND TRIP. MY CAR GET 15 MPG. IT'S BIG SEDAN WITH A V6. I NEED A CAR FOR WORK & AROUND TOWN. I ONLY GO OUT OF TOWN 1 X A YR TO THE UP OF MI. SO I WANT A SMART PURE FOR ME. ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO DRIVE AT SUV. HIT ME I SUE THE HELL OUT OF YOU.I DRIVE THE SPEED POST. ALSO THE ROADWAY BELONG TO ALL. POOR OR RICH. YOU PEOPLE WHO DRIVE SUV ARE ALWAY THE 1 IN THE DITCH AFTER A BAD SNOWSTORM. THE POOR PEOPLE, SINGLE,STUDENT & FOOD DELIVER DRIVER NEED GOOD CAR WITH GET GOOD GAS MILEAGE. THIS CAR WILL FILL A NEED FOR SOME & NOT BUT NOT FOR OTHER. BUT FOR ME IT JUST RIGHT. IT WILL BE MY LAST CAR AND I DRIVE LESS THAN 6,000 MILES A YR. THANK YOU SMART CAR FOR ME. WITH THE THING I WANT ON IT WILL COST ME AVOUT $16,000.00 BUT IF GAS GO UP OVER $4 0R $5 BUT I LOOKING TO BUY IN 2010-2012. MAYBE I CAN GET A GOOD PRICE ON A USED SMART CAR. A BLUE ONE

dp

I'm buying two. I will park them end to end in the parking space I pay $125.00 a month for. We currently have 1 car. My husband drives it to work; I take the bus. Our schedules conflict too much to share a car. in case you wondered, my husband can't take the bus because they don't run early enough to get him to work. We could just get another car but I refuse to pay $250.00 a month for 2 parking spaces. We're trading one standard size sedan for two Smart cars. Hy husband will still have a car for work and I finally don't have to take the bus everywhere I want to go. We live in a densely populated urban area where parking is difficult, if not impossible. Also, small cars are not always small in the same areas. My husband is 6' 5". He doesn't have enough head or leg room in most of the small cars. The smart is built to accommodate a person that is 6'6" tall. We've test driven them (tried them on) and found this to be true. The Smart is an excellent solution... for us. When we retire and live in a less densely populated area we'll probably go back to a more traditional vehicle. But for now ... his and her smarts. To Paul, previously, I'd never considered myself less than smart so thanks for the insight. Perhaps you were trying to be clever and I didn't get it, but then, I'm not very smart.

Tessa

Reply to LM... Kansas don't care

A huge percentage of Kansans are ashamed at what our state has done in recent years. That however does not mean that people in Kansas are backwards or opposed to anything new. For the most part it will probably be the elderly that are opposed to the smart car, Kansas (like many other predominantly farming states) is considered a dying state. Most of our population is older. We do still have younger generations that are very concerned about the environment and continuously rising fuel prices.

The price of fuel is just about all people talk about, and it deeply concerns Kansas... just as much as it does people in Boston.

Being from a ridiculously large dirty city does not in any way shape or form make you superior to those who chose to live in less chaos.

If you want to be snobby about protecting the environment you should probably move some where that doesn't waste hundreds of gallons of gas per year just from traffic jams alone.

Thanks for creating this great article on the smart, I would like to personally invite you to the new smart site just launched.

The new smart website is focused on the 451 smart fortwo ( 2008 smart car ) and its web address is: http://www.451s.com

451s.com was created to help bring together worldwide smart owners and smart enthusiasts. While this site is focused on the 451 smart fortwo sold in America and Canada it is open to all smart's and the worldwide smart community.

http://www.451s.com

windelaie

Well, I've read everyone's comments, most in sightful. I live in a resort area and my commute is only 17 miles away. However with the traffic it can take me 1 to 2 hrs just to go the distance. I love the idea of a smart car for the gas, and the traffic. I've ordered one over a year ago and look forward to using this cute car for around town and my commute. This is not a fashion statement, but a common sense decision. Where parking is also a problem, I should be able to tuck this little guy into any spot. Yes, I also have another car which is a small Miata. Big is not always beautiful, or economic.

Why So Vicious?

Unless they got mental problems? It's unless they have mental problems.

These are only good for people who have an SUV in the garage - have you all lost your common sense? Why is there only one way (oh, the Fit, oh this or that; why would you buy this when you can get than for cheaper)? It's options people - have some coffee, chai, tea, water, whatever - mellow out and be a little positive in a time where automotive options are very important.

seen more of them in NWFla than Saturn Astras!

JellyBean

I own a Smart Car, it actually does more than 40mpg.. it depends how you drive it. If you are a great driver you do more.

and if you question my intelligence just because I bought a car that only seats two people and "doesn't" get as much mpg as your car does *rolls eyes*, know this.. I get premium gas and I pay less than $20 dollars every two weeks, sometimes every three.

and I drive a lot...

So don't try saying that I'm an idiot, cause I highly doubt your IQ is any higher than mine. Especially if your common sense is NIL.

For those who like Smarts, they are really spacious.. They look like they don't have room, but they have a lot of space :)


Smart car is the car of USA. every people wants to drive it. Its gr8 achievement to smart cars manufacturer so i want to congratulate them.

The electric Car really made the difference in the automobile industry. the size is very small that will help to park the car anywhere easily. The Smart Fortwo, a smart city coupe is a one among the micro car rocking now in most of the major cities.

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