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Old 02-27-2006, 09:30 AM   #1
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Smart ForFour BRABUS SBR @ 2006 Geneva Show



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Böblingen, Feb 27, 2006 —The first smart with more than 200 bhp. The presentation of a concept car at the Essen Motor Show is now being followed by the presentation of the smart forfour BRABUS SBR at the Geneva Motor Show, which is being offered for sale as an exclusive small series.

The SBR can achieve a maximum speed of 226 km/h and underlines the potential and the classlessness of the smart forfour. Its performance data are impressive: 155 kW (210 bhp) and torque of up to 250 Newton metres. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds. With a variable locking differential that enhances traction on winding roads and shorter shift travel that enables gears to be changed even more quickly.

The smart forfour BRABUS SBR also demonstrates the innovation competence of its manufacturer: The tridion safety cell and bodypanels come in a unique graphite grey matt finish. The smart crosstown show car and the smart roadster collector's edition are the only other vehicles to sport similar paintwork.

Further features of the smart forfour BRABUS SBR: Dippolished alloy wheels and door mirrors painted in a contrasting colour. In the interior, expressive leather/alcantara trim with contrasting orange seams underlines the exclusiveness of the vehicle
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:35 AM   #2
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Those just look like fun little cars. And a manual. Like the paint too.
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:19 PM   #3
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I like it.
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Old 02-27-2006, 03:46 PM   #4
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...And how would these not sell in the USA, again?

(The non-BRABUS version)

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Old 02-27-2006, 05:34 PM   #5
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...And how would these not sell in the USA, again?

(The non-BRABUS version)

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hopefully that changes....

http://abcnews.go.com/Business...=true

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Daimler nears decision on US Smart launch

Feb 26, 2006 — FRANKFURT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler <DCXGn.DE> is leaning in favor of launching its struggling Smart minicar brand in the United States, its chief executive told a German newspaper on Sunday.

"It is now more likely that we will decide in favor of, rather than against (entering) the U.S.," Dieter Zetsche told Handelsblatt newsaper in an interview released in advance of publication on Monday.

A decision on launching the next generation of Smart two-seaters in the United States is expected in the first half of this year, Zetsche said.

Smart narrowed its operating loss in 2005 from about 600 million euros ($714 million) in 2004, Zetsche told an analyst conference call earlier this month.

While Zetsche has said he wants to give the unit time to achieve its target of breaking even next year, he has also given investment bank Goldman Sachs <GS.N> the task of screening parties potentially interested in buying the brand.

Separately, Zetsche told Switzerland's Neue Zuercher Zeitung newspaper in an interview published on Sunday that the company had received a range of enquiries about possible cooperation arrangements for the Smart brand. He described them as ranging from dumb to interesting.

"We have asked Goldman Sachs to examine and evaluate the proposals," he said.
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:47 PM   #6
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If they don't sell those in the US, someone at DiamlerChrysler should be fired.

Actually they were a bunch of idiots for not keeping around the Plymouth name... it would have been perfect for some small commuter cars (i.e. rebadged Smarts).
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:08 PM   #7
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still kind of eggish. needs less aerodynamics and more soul.
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:46 PM   #8
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I like it. It would be considered for my next car if it were cheap enough.
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:11 PM   #9
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...And how would these not sell in the USA, again?

(The non-BRABUS version)

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I believe its because we americans like big SUV's and trucks. Safety regulations may be a concern. It might also be political too.

Same goes for not having any "k-cars" from Japan.
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:25 PM   #10
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I'll take one
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:42 PM   #11
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I believe its because we americans ARE SOMETIMES STUPID AND ONLY like big SUV's and trucks SO WE CAN CARRY AROUND OUR LARGE EGO'S. Safety regulations may be a concern. It might also be political too.

Same goes for not having any "k-cars" from Japan.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:31 PM   #12
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you also forget that we need to carry around out over-weight selves too... Face it we are one of the fattest countries in the world.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:40 PM   #13
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you are right

When I was in school (the 70's btw) we had gym class every day -
- now they have it twice a week - and at recess kids that play hard are told to stop because the frail little momma's boys might get a boo-boo.......

I can't wait to get in the drive through line at McD's again......in my Hummer - while my fat litttle 8 year old plays gameboy and screams for a kiddie meal (although it's far from a meal)....

"some people should die..that's just unconcious knowledge" or something like that....
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:47 PM   #14
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does it come with a brabus price?
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