According to CNNMoney.com, SmartUSA and Nissan North America plan to introduce a 4 door hatchback late in 2011... The only spec known is that it will be available with manual and automatic transmissions....

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Under $10,000 for a 5 door Smart/Nissan Micra, derived from Renault designs, sounds ok...The new 2 seat Smart/Mercedes/Renault will be more like the current Smart ???
I hate it when Fortune magazine refers to my Smart as "turnip shaped" and the new 4 door Smart/Renault/Nissan as an "Opel"...Both cars are deserving of much more respect...


Robert Stout said:
I hate it when Fortune magazine refers to my Smart as "turnip shaped" and the new 4 door Smart/Renault/Nissan as an "Opel"...Both cars are deserving of much more respect...

Well the now gone Saturn division had rebadged Opels in their line up... and most RV owners somehow seemed to own/tow a saturn as their "destination" vehicle. As far as the shape of a smart.. please! lets not get into the SHAPE of cars..... namely that of Hummers, Aztecs, Cadillacs, Astro vans, even the vanilla colored 4 door sedans that roam the streets here. The only way to distinguish these mundane generically shaped and multi branded clones is by the proud "X" high school mom stickers on the back bumper or a personalized plate!
My wife and I were in Athens, Greece last spring. I have pictures of a smart forfour, as well as the roadster. Check them out. They’re really cool looking.
Foreign reviews of the Renault/Nissan Micra/soon to be Smart 4 door, note its spacious interior,stable tracking, pleasant ride,6 airbags,standard ABS and traction control, and good ergonomics... Features are up to date with such things as push button start available...Best of all, it costs alot less than a Yari...

The 2012 4 door Smart is quickly becoming a united nations effort...Now participants in the design include Penske, Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi...I suspect that if an EV version comes out later, China will join the effort...

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