Friday, August 26, 2005

Dealer hopes coupe dwarfs competition

N.H. firm set to become only East Coast seller of Smart car
By Erika Lovley, Globe Correspondent | August 25, 2005

What's 5-feet high, 8-feet long, comes in ''phat red" and ''jack black," and gets 60 miles to the gallon?
As the employees of McFarland Ford in Exeter, N.H., will tell you, it's the Smart car. At only 1,558 pounds, the two-seat coupe is remarkably fuel-efficient and could go from Boston to Washington, D.C., with gas to spare in its 8.7-gallon tank. While aimed at consumers weary of paying $2.61 for a gallon of gas, the Smart car has another attraction: fun.

''It makes you a star," said Edward Tsang, the first customer to test drive the car at McFarland, the only Smart car dealer on the East Coast. ''Everybody looks at you."

McFarland Ford expects to start selling the cars by the end of the year, said Nancy Brewer, the dealer's general manager. Available in coupe or convertible, the cars will be priced in the mid- to upper-$20,000 range.

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