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Daydriver LLC, Beverly Hills, Calif., is one of the first companies to convert the imported, two-passenger Mercedes Benz Smart Car for use in the United States.
“Our target audience now is the daily commuter who recognizes the Smart Car saves money, but we also are just getting into the RV industry and want to associate ourselves with the large toy haulers,” said Fredy Heimberg, co-owner of Daydriver, a distributor that showed its new product line at the RVIA annual meeting in September.
The 8-foot-by-5-foot Smart Car weighs 1,500 pounds and is equipped with an automatic, 3-cylinder, 0.7 liter turbo-charged Mercedes Benz diesel engine that can reach speeds of 85 mph at 50 mpg.
Although DaimlerChrysler at one time announced that it intended to export the Smart Car to the U.S., those plans were scrapped earlier this year. Heimberg noted that after replacing the gas tank and electronics to meet U.S. emission standards and reinforcing the doors, Daydriver’s Smart Cars are entirely street legal in the U.S.
“We make sure that the car is able to be registered in every state,” Heimberg said.
Routine service can be performed at any local automotive service facility and if there are major problems, Daydriver warranties its Smart Car for four years or 30,000 miles.
“If there is a breakdown, we will pick it up, ship it to California, fix it and return it to the customer,” Heimberg said.
Retail prices for the Daydriver Smart Car – hardtop or convertible are available – range from $26,000 to $30,000.