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Smart Car reservation program, $99 will reserve you one

By patxxoo     May 23, 2007 in Technology
The Smart Car that has been sold in 36 countries will finally be coming to the U.S. in 2008. This new 2008 smart fortwo model can be reserved now for $99 bucks.
This is a model they are already selling in Miami, Fl. I am adding this just to give an overview so that you can get a "feel" for these types of cars. This is not the new one that is supposed to come out in 2008 as far as I know.
They have three models they are currently advertising on the smartusa.com site as part of this reservation program.
The first is called the smart fortwo pure and it is the basic 2008 model that has standard safety features such as four air-bags, anti-lock brakes, a "tridon safety cell", and an electronic stability program.
The standard convenience features are a 5-speed transmission, a remote locking system and don't forget the 2-spoke leather steering wheel. An extremely basic model. Anything else will probably be optional. The price quoted is under $12,000 and of course that is excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. They also state the price may change as the time for it's release grows nearer.
The second is called smart fortwo passion that has the same as the first with the additional features being a panorama roof, alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows, AM/FM radio with cd player, and an added spoke in the steering wheel. This model is supposed to start at under $14,000 as it's base price. Of course also excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options.
And the third is the smart fortwo passion cabrio starting at under $17,000 excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. This model has everything the previous models have except the top is a soft top, it has a heated rear glass window and the sound system is an upgraded model that includes a 6 cd changer that is mp3 compatible.
All of these models will have a standard black safety cell that you can get upgraded to silver if that is you peferance at an additional cost. The interesting thing is that it has interchangeable body panels in deep black, light yellow and crystal white are standard, and blue metallic, red metallic and silver metallic are offered for an additional charge. So if you would like to change you car to match your clothing, you actually can up to a point.
These cars are compact at 8.8 feet long with a height and width at 5.1 feet. They will go at a top speed of 90 mph. The most important feature is of course it's safety which they are saying has a high crash management system. And the gas mileage is rated to be 40 plus mpg under normal conditions.
Other features they will be announced on the site as the release date get closer.
If you want to reserve yours you can go here.
For other updates on the cars and thier showing dates check here.
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