Smart dances the samba

Pete Mait

Now that the Smart has achieved excellent sales in North America - particularly in these dodgy times - South America is now being targeted and Mercedes have already opened their first branch in the sprawling Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo. The city speedster is on offer there as a coupé and cabrio with prices starting at 57,900 Real, which corresponds to some 19,300 euros. The high import duty in Brazil does not do Smart any favours, given local conditions there. Brazil is now the 38th country where the Smart is on sale and market launches are also planned this year for China and Denmark.