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Taking demographics into consideration ... a Boomer musician might be a good choice.
Neil Young, Cindy Lauper, Paul McCartney, Melanie Safka, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, someone along those lines. heh.
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Originally Posted by jwight View Post
You don't want to give the Top Gear trio another opportunity at smart bashing...
Actually the team likes smarts (watch their reviews of the roadster, the bi-turbo, and "24hrs in a forfour") they just think they're too expensive and that the tranny is useless.

They also did a written review on the 451. It's a fair one.

The only bad review was in the original city coupe by no other than Vicky in Old Top Gear.*

*I'm excluding the 450 generation Electric Drive because that thing was hopeless.
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Originally Posted by donsgal View Post
If you ask me it is a mistake to purposely limit your market share. Again, smart is trying to appeal to people who PREFER small to big - which is a pretty small percentage of the general population judging from the number of GINORMOUS SUVs on the road.

Instead of preaching to the tiny car choir, smart should endeavor to expand the market share by promoting the OTHER wonderful aspects of the car such as the fact that it is incredible fun to drive and that it is economical (who doesn't want to save money these days)! Now if they expand the "big" promotion to include the roomy interior, that is good since many people might think that it is cramped.

Honestly, I think that pushing safety would be the best choice, since apparently the majority of people who would LIKE to buy a smart, but don't because they are concerned about [unfounded] safety issues. Smart could launch a very effective advertising campaign (complete with funny, cute ads), based on the safety aspect and hopefully change the minds of those folks by demonstrating just how safe the little car really is.

I like what they're doing. Our biggest obstacle selling the smarts is not about just convincing people that the smart car is cool, or safe, fuel-efficient, or
saves money. It's overcoming the cultural behavior that makes our showroom guests refuse to close the deal because of the cars size. It just seems so American to want the biggest car they can find. Doesn't matter how many times I can show a guest a Toyota Yaris getting crushed by the Camry while the smart tridion holds up against the (stronger) Mercedes C-Class, it just doesn't click.

Americans want something bigger. So I applaud the commercial for trying to make it cool to be UNbig (Americans want to save gas on the largest small car they can find, which is so obvious when you hear the critics call small cars with uninhabitable backseats "smarter" than smarts ). The unbig ads are working on the cultural reasons we lose deals to the larger small cars, and I believe it is going to eventually work. I believe smart will have a BIG (pardon the pun) growth over the next 5 years. I think these ads will work, especially once our product and selection improves for the 2012 model run. Right now we're selling off whatever 2011's remain... lots of green green greens!

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Ok Folks, Take a look at the new Web Site

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It's time to uncongest our roads and unclutter our lives. It's time to unobey tired ways of thinking and undrag-around third row seats (and second, too).

Over 96 million Americans drive to work alone each day. That means there are about 288,675,000 empty seats commuting to and from work. Astonishing. That's why we got rid of the backseat. It's just a little smarter.

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Does anyone else sense a theme here?

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Originally Posted by forestacademy View Post
Ok Folks, Take a look at the new Web Site

Yep, the smartshift is never boring

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Does anyone else sense a theme here?

It's simply UNBELIEVABLE !!!!

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Have mentioned this before, and perhaps things are different in Canada, but they out sell the US in smarts by quite a bit per capita. The head of smart Canada summed it up by saying they look at the sales demographics in their markets and target the folks who are not buying trucks, vans, luxury sedans, etc. It's possible smart USA/DVI is trying this in a sort of backhanded way, but hopefully they'll learn from their Canadian counterparts and go after the buyers who aren't interested in those conventional choices.
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