Smart cars came to the United States in 2008, marketed for Daimler-Benz by Roger Penske’s Penske Automotive Group. Prior to this, the cars had been imported as grey market items, which were then modified to meet American emissions and crash standards. The formal announcement of the deal between DaimlerChrysler and the Penske Automotive Group came in June of 2006.
By 2011 though, it was obvious sales were too slow to support an independent dealer network.
The deal with Penske was scrapped and Mercedes-Benz USA assumed responsibility for marketing Smart automobiles in the United States. The current line up consists of the Smart Fortwo “Cabriolet”, which is the high-cost convertible version; the Smart Fortwo “Passion”, which is the mid-priced moonroof version of the hardtop coupe; the Smart Fortwo “Pure”, the low-cost basic version of the coupe; and the Smart Fortwo “Electric Drive”, which is the electric version of the micro car.
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