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smart fortwo, Unique Car Popularized in 'The Da Vinci Code' Movie, To Be Formally Introduced to Midwest by Windy City Smart Car

Models Displayed, May Be Driven at January 30 News Conference in Chicago

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smart fortwo, the popular, safe, environmentally superior automobile sold in 36 countries but not the U.S., is being formally introduced for the first time ever to Chicago and the Midwest on Tuesday, January 30 by independent distributor Windy City Smart Car and Smart Car Midwest, LLC, Palatine.

Several models, including the smart fortwo Passion coupe and smart fortwo cabriolet convertible, will be unveiled at an 11:00 a.m. press conference at the film and television studios of Golan Productions, 1501 N. Magnolia (three blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway and a half block south of North Avenue). smart fortwo is featured in "The Da Vinci Code" motion picture.

The car's introduction to Chicago comes a year or two ahead of smart fortwo's official entry into the U.S. The smart fortwo, a collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes, is made U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation compliant for Windy City Smart Car and Smart Car Midwest at a Los Angeles conversion company.

Windy City Smart Car and Smart Car Midwest officially have been taking orders for the automobile since January 2, said George Kiebala, owner of both companies. He added that delivery to customers takes two to eight weeks depending on options selected.

Measuring just over eight feet in length and getting 50 miles per gallon, more than 750,000 smart fortwo vehicles have been sold around the world.

Boasting 50 miles per gallon (Edmunds.com observed 58 mpg on the highway) using 87 Octane regular gasoline, smart fortwo is one of the most efficient internal combustion vehicles on the road today, rivaling the efficiency of U.S. hybrids. The car is easy to park and maneuver and is electronically governed to obtain speeds of 85 miles per hour.

Specially designed for safety, the sophisticated Tridion hemispherical steel safety cell is the highlight of the vehicle's safety management system, providing unparalleled driver and passenger protection. This hard shell surrounds the car's occupants like a walnut, with an energy absorbing system of longitudinal and transverse structural members. The steering column electronically retracts telescopically upon impact, minimizing the likelihood of injury.

"The name, smart, is extremely appropriate for this car as it actually learns the driver's shifting habits to improve gas mileage," said Kiebala.

Windy City Smart Car and Smart Car Midwest list the smart fortwo coupe for $26,850, and is including the CD, radio, air conditioning, and four-year, 50,000 mile, bumper to bumper warranty, in addition to driver's side and passenger side air bags as standard. The cabriolet lists for $29,800.

"You can even buy up to eight additional colors and swap the body panels yourself as one might change watches for different occasions," said Kiebala.

For more information contact Windy City Smart Car, (847) 241-5242, http://www.windycitysmartcar.com/ .

source: Windy City Smart Car

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