When the smart first arrived in the U.S., the demand was such that some early reservationists were earning thousands by flipping their cars on eBay. If you wanted a smart, you paid big bucks or waited in line.
Fast forward to 2009 where smart USA has created a 'smart express' program to handle orphaned cars and is now offering 4.2% financing to boost sales.
The fortwo has always struck me as an "extreme niche" vehicle. It's cute and has personality galore, but it also carries a lot of baggage--but yet lacks the ability to carry luggage, what cruel irony. What is this baggage I speak of? There is the clunky transmission (somewhat better for 2009), a 24 month warranty instead of the usual 36 and let's not forget it can only carry two people.
So is 4.2% enough rope in those buyers?