The shortest, most compact automobile currently in production will soon be launched in the world’s largest automobile market, when the "smart fortwo" debuts in the United States in January, 2008. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG will introduce this latest vehicle to the US market at a press briefing in Washington, DC on December 4th.

The smart fortwo is the right car at the right time for Americans, who are facing volatile fuel prices, increased urban congestion and a mindset of environmental responsibility. It offers a high level of comfort, agility, safety and ecology, and the vehicle concept is extremely practical. American enthusiasm and demand for the smart fortwo is already strong, as more than 30,000 people from all 50 states have placed a $99 deposit to secure a vehicle.

Interest has come from a wide variety of consumers, including urban dwellers looking for something functional and easy to park; baby boomers in need of a second or third car for commuting or additional family members and first-time buyers looking for something affordable. 74 selected dealerships will sell the fortwo in major cities across the country.

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