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Smart Car Shown in Cleveland

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There's perhaps no car on the road smaller than Daimler Chrysler's smart car. It's short, seats just two, and is a parallel parker's dream. Smart USA showcased the compact car this past weekend in Cleveland. ideastream's Tasha Flournoy has more on the latest European style car to make its way to the U.S.

Monday, July 30, 2007 at 7:23 am

The Smart For Two will hit more than 50 cities before its U.S. debut in January 2008. It's 8 feet long and is built with a steel cage similar those seen inside race cars. Interested buyers can put down a $99 refundable deposit to reserve a spot on a growing waiting list. Right now, the company claims over 20,000 have reserved nationwide.

Cindy Hollo of Aurora has already added her name to the list. She first saw a smart car in France nearly 10 years ago. Hollo's interest in the car is simple.

Cindy Hollo: It's a fun car and I think that life should be fun and you should drive a car that is fun. And it also very affordable. And the nice part of it is, you can see I'm very tall. But is a car that accommodates a tall person. It is not only for a small person even though it's a small car.

The small car starts at $12,000 and gets about 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Tasha Flournoy, 90.3.