Are we going to have the MHD in the US?

Is there anyone out there that knows when we will get the MHD in the USA or at least the ability to add it to our cars.
I want the MHD feature on my smart.

MJB

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Comment by jwight on November 9, 2009 at 3:52pm
The short answer is no - smart USA will not be bringing the mhd cars to the USA. Link.
Comment by spicejax on November 9, 2009 at 3:26pm
@Fred- I don't know what the guy meant by "seven grand" (Is 'Grand' a UK term?). 7060 British pounds = $11,803.61 U.S. dollars. The video is from January '09: "The Smart mhd is by no means perfect. Its 0-60mph time of 13.3 seconds means all but the most apathetic of Sunday drivers will beat you off the lights, and the fact it only has two seats means most of your entourage will require their own transport. This aside, there's plenty of fun to be had. It's nippy in and around traffic, ridiculously easy to park, and the semi-automatic gearbox means you never have to worry about using a clutch.

The Smart mhd is available now for £7,060."
It looks like that's the price for the whole car not just mhd.

The "reviewers" comment 'Sunday drivers will beat you off the light' is kind of a oxymoron, considering jack rabbit starts is not a way to save gas, and the term 'beat you off' is a very poor choice of words. UK english vs US english. lol

@Jan in West U- I've done the 'Turn it off at the light' bit on my other vehicles, and it does save gas. Even more, imagine how much better things would be if every car did this. 'Hybrid' is a confusing way to describe the feature, but I think smart is saying 'it's not used like a normal engine, it's a different, ie: hybrid of that concept'. The smart ED is the best way to go to save gas. I don't think a electric/gas setup would fit in a smart.
Comment by Jan in West U on November 9, 2009 at 2:06pm
If all it does is shut off when it is stopped . . . how you can save that much gas? If you did a lot of stop & go heavy traffic driving, I guess it would justify itself. A hybrid, to me, would stop the engine while driving below 40 MPH or there abouts! That's what I hopr got in a smart car!

Loved the video. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Fred on November 9, 2009 at 1:27pm
The video indicates a cost of seven grand (maybe US$10k?). That will buy a bunch of gasoline.

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