Smart Pricing is Here: Mini Car Under $12,000


The tiny car that’s one of the most popular ongoing topics on this blog finally has a price tag: When the Smart ForTwo goes on sale in early 2008 it will start at $11,590 for the base or “pure coupe” — all lower case names here because little letters relate to little cars, we guess. Those come with an automatic transmission but no A/C. For unnaturally cooled air while driving you need to move up to the “passion coupe” for $13,590. For that price you also get power windows, electric heated side mirrors, a CD player, a panoramic roof and alloy wheels. A convertible “passion cabrio” is available for $16,590. Leather heated seats are part of an $850 option package.

All three models feature a miniscule three-cylinder engine with a scant 71 horsepower. There are still no confirmed Smart dealers in the U.S., but the company says to expect that list sometime this fall. The company is taking deposits, however, via its website.

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