"Ya, it had to be modified to be driven here," DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said in response to MVB's question. "What with your love for the Humvee and the way you drive, we had no other choice."
The limited edition Miami Smart car will be available in January with the release of the original Smart car to US showrooms. Although only 25,000 of the regular Smarts will be sold in this country next year, 35,000 refundable deposits have been taken for the $11,590 two-seater. Four feet shorter than a Mini Cooper, the three-cylinder, 40 mpg car is expected to go over big with Americans-- especiallly Shriners.
Test drives will be available from 10am to 5:30pm Saturday through Monday for the non-Miami Smart at the Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Rd., near Saks Fifth Ave. For drivers living in Dade County, the Miami Smart test drives will be available at mile marker 55 on the Tamiami Trail across the street from Joe Bobb's Everglades Safari Tours.
The Miami Smart will cost an extra $60,000 but the ladder to climb into the thing is free thanks to a Home Depot marketing tie-in.