Is America ready to get Smart?


Two reporters for Popular Mechanics chronicle their trip across America’s Midwest in a Smart car, an eight-foot-long product of France that gets upward of 40 miles per gallon. 

It has two seats and three cylinders and a 0.7-liter, 61-horsepower engine. It is shorter than a golf cart.

Sold in Europe for nearly a decade—770,000 cars in 36 countries and counting—the Smart is coming to U.S. shores in the most talked-about launch of 2008.

Smart estimates a price point below $15,000 for the 2008 launch, with the Wall Street Journal reporting it at close to $11,000 for an entry-level model.


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