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Mini to the max: Will the Smart car grow on U.S. drivers? (CNN)
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By A. Pawlowski

(CNN) -- There's a petite new contender ready to tackle America's problems of foreign oil dependency and urban congestion.

Meet the Smart car: An ultra-compact, Mercedes-designed, head-turning little vehicle that's been negotiating traffic and squeezing into impossibly tiny spaces in Europe for almost a decade.

Now, it's about to go on sale in the United States.

One reason the company waited so long to introduce it to Americans was that the U.S. wasn't ready for such a small car, said Jessica Gamarra, marketing specialist for Smart USA.

But choking traffic and rising gas prices have changed that, she said.

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  - Mini to the max: Will the Smart car grow on U.S. drivers? (CNN) eppur_se_muova  Nov-08-07 12:33 PM   #0 
  - I hope so  unpossibles   Nov-08-07 12:34 PM   #1 
  - there is a topless (convertible?) version that is cool as can be.  bullimiami   Nov-08-07 12:34 PM   #2 
  - A Prius gets nearly the same mileage  wtmusic   Nov-08-07 12:35 PM   #3 
  - The mileage given is close  happyslug   Nov-10-07 01:03 PM   #12 
  - Great city car but I wouldn't drive it on the interstates or here in the NE GA suburbs.  CottonBear   Nov-08-07 12:52 PM   #4 
  - Nothing smart about it  zipplewrath   Nov-08-07 12:56 PM   #5 
  - Looks great! This would be perfect for me.  JDPriestly   Nov-08-07 01:07 PM   #6 
  - Get an ELECTRIC mini car like people do in London!  Dancing_Dave   Nov-08-07 01:31 PM   #7 
  - I think it diffinitely has a place and time  madokie   Nov-08-07 02:41 PM   #8 
  - In the past year, Popular Science test-drove one of these, and it wasn't impressive  NickB79   Nov-08-07 07:52 PM   #9 
  - Well, the objective was the "ultra-urban" car for short commutes and errands.  eppur_se_muova   Nov-09-07 04:37 PM   #10 
  - 696 cc Engine, slow but should give excellent fuel economy.  happyslug   Nov-10-07 12:27 PM   #11 

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