DaimlerChrysler Hoping America Will T...

DaimlerChrysler Hoping America Will Think 'Smart'

There are 3 comments on the TechNewsWorld story from Jun 29, 2006, titled DaimlerChrysler Hoping America Will Think 'Smart'. In it, TechNewsWorld reports that:

Some executives said DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche was crazy for considering Smart for the U.S. market because Americans tend to shun small cars in favor of hulking SUVs and trucks.

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#1 Jun 30, 2006
Roger Penske made a good choice, and will succeed! I personally
view him as an ICON in the automotive world.


#2 Aug 6, 2006
Long overdue in the US. I only hope they do not make a bigger and less efficient engine for Americans as economy is something that some of us want. I have two 21st Century cars but I drive a 3 cylinder 13 year old Geo most often as it gets the best mileage.

Oregon City, OR

#3 Nov 12, 2006
It's sad that to meet the US standards they have to make the fortwo larger and heavier, then compensate by putting a more powerful engine in it. 7" longer is what they are saying and 1640 lbs.

I only hope that they stick to a price point of about $15k so that the people that *need* a small, afordable, highly effecient car can actually afford them.

The US has enough overpriced toys for the rich folks to buy. The average working person needs affordable, reliable, fuel efficient transportation. The best that's currently offered for the US only gets about 35 mpg.

I exclude hybrids and modern diesels because of their high costs. Perhaps in '08 or '09 VW will bring in a diesel Lupo or the diesel version of the fortwo will be allowed to be sold in the US?

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