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Will the 5-speed and the Tailor Made program be available for the 453 cabrio by spring of 2017?
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At the moment there are only primed body panels in stock.


Hi Keith. The through-body (non-metallic) colored panels are also stocked, and ready to install, no?

Why did smart switch the raw (pre-painted) molded panel color from black to white for all 453s that get a metallic finish? Some have commented that any rock chips and scratches are more visible with a white substrate.
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Will the 5-speed and the Tailor Made program be available for the 453 cabrio by spring of 2017?
The 5-speed cabrio is only delayed for a few months after launch so we'll see that late summer 2016. No promises on Tailor Made, but I hope so.
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No promises on Tailor Made, but I hope so.


Again about Tailor Made, will that program be available across the full smart US lineup, I.e., all gas and electric models In both coupe and Cabrio versions?

And once the Tailor Made US program begins, if the ED hasn't yet launched, will Tailor Made then become available concurrent with the ED's launch?
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The 5-speed cabrio is only delayed for a few months after launch so we'll see that late summer 2016. No promises on Tailor Made, but I hope so.
Keith, speaking of launch, how close are we? I'm starting to loose interest!!!!
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My interest takes a hit every time there is a new announcement and I find it is less likely I can order a car the way I want.

Late summer plus about 2 months for delivery, it is going to be November before a 5 speed cabrio can be had. Just in time for snow.
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Hi Keith!

Why was no tilt/telescopic steering wheel available for the North American 453?

Why is the 12v cover set at an angle?

Why was JBL chosen as the partner for the Premium Audio? (No complaints, just curious).
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Hi Keith!

Why was no tilt/telescopic steering wheel available for the North American 453?

Why is the 12v cover set at an angle?

Why was JBL chosen as the partner for the Premium Audio? (No complaints, just curious).
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1. More stringent crash test requirements in the states than Europe. (Also I believe Europe only has optional tilt, no telescoping)

2. No idea

3. We felt the JBL brand fit smart and its image really well! Of all the Harman brands, JBL tends to be the youngest/most prominent in music festival scenes. They actually sponsor Coachella and we ran a joint program with them at the festival this year and couldn't have been happier with the match.
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Keith, speaking of launch, how close are we? I'm starting to loose interest!!!!
For cabrio in general? Aiming for late June pending EPA certification! Dealers can already order you a car.
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Again about Tailor Made, will that program be available across the full smart US lineup, I.e., all gas and electric models In both coupe and Cabrio versions?

And once the Tailor Made US program begins, if the ED hasn't yet launched, will Tailor Made then become available concurrent with the ED's launch?
No decisions have been made at this point, but I would imagine they'd apply to all models at some point.
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