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Greetings Insiders!

With the recent world premiere of the C453, we wanted to make sure that we took a moment to personally share some of the car's highlights and hopefully answer a few questions along the way. We are planning on premiering the C453 at North American auto shows early next year however actual USA-based sales will not begin until late next year. Until then, let us walk you through what this much-anticipated smart will entail.

When guests arrive at our auto shows, they will be greeted by a car that has a definitive air of 'smart,' but with a sportier feel. The most noticeable updates will be found within the car's proportions. Thanks to a 4 inch wider track, the C453's wheels are positioned further outwards, which maximizes interior space even more and gives drivers better on-road agility. The front headlights are now beveled, following the curve of the hood and framed out by a larger, honeycomb-patterned grill.

Innovation within the safety arena remains a high priority. The C453's frame contains concentrated proportions of ultra-high strength hot-formed and multiphase steel. Advance systems previously reserved for upgraded models will be standardized and includes Crosswind Assist, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist.

Peek inside the car and you will find a turbocharged engine that enables ample torque even at slower speeds, making it an economical solution for urban traffic woes. Drivers can also choose between a five-speed manual transmission or a twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission.

Traces of Mercedes-Benz's world-class engineering are evident in everything from a new front axle design adopted from the C-Class to crash safety testing, air bag design and telescoping steering columns.

Though the C453 embodies many fresh enhancements, it is important to note that we've never once lost sight of the original, core values that brought smart into fruition in the first place. Sustainability, urbanization and individualization are still at the forefront of all our processes. By harnessing the combined power of old and new, we are certain that the C453 is set to re-establish our claim as the original city car.

Thanks for your interest,

Mark Webster

General Manager of smart USA

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