DaimlerChrysler Stalls Smart Launch in U.S.
Date posted: 12-20-2005
STUTTGART, Germany — DaimlerChrysler has delayed into 2006 a decision on whether to launch its Smart minicar brand in the United States, according to Reuters.
A decision that was originally set to be made by the end of 2005 may wait until the Geneva car show in late February. DaimlerChrysler has been considering whether the successor to the two-seat Fortwo model would get a U.S. launch in the second half of 2007.
Smart chief Ulrich Walker has said it should be possible to sell 20,000 vehicles a year in cities on the U.S. coasts. Smart sold 140,000 vehicles around the world last year.
What this means to you: Sounds like DaimlerChrysler has yet to make a sound business case for bringing the Smart brand here.