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Smart won't encourage US importers

Stuttgart. Two US importers have applied to the government for permission to import Smart City Coupes.

They plan to modify the vehicles to meet American environmental and safety rules. They hope to sell 15,000 units per year.

Smart does not intend to support the importers.

"We will not supply any vehicles," said Philipp Schiemer, Smart's general manager of marketing and sales.

While the importers cannot be prevented from buying up vehicles, Smart regards the necessary modifications as more complicated than the importers imagine.

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