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Is that unofficially official? What's your confidence level in that date? Before your crystal ball goes dark, when will a Brabus 453 be available?
Yes, unofficially official. Granted 'spring release' is vague. But, it wouldn't make sense to launch the Cabriolet at any other time. Since the EV is tied into that launch, seems it will be a tandem launch. No word on availability on the Brabus. I will admit the silver one in the spy shots look very intriguing!
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Granted 'spring release' is vague. But, it wouldn't make sense to launch the Cabriolet at any other time.
Spring - the season after Winter and before Summer (March to May) in which vegetation (and cabrios) begin to appear.

Great second wave of cabrio and ED model introductions. Hope they have a pipeline of inventory rather than just a tease demo per Center with no product till Fall?
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Since the EV is tied into that launch, seems it will be a tandem launch.

Great news, really! It helps with strategic planning.

But why do you say the EV/ED is tied into the Cabrio launch? The connection isn't clear yet.
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We have 40-50 units sitting at the prep center, on ships and waiting to be shipped from Europe for the September launch.

Should be same deal for 453 Cabs and EV's for spring.
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We have 40-50 units sitting at the prep center, on ships and waiting to be shipped from Europe for the September launch.
So you have 40-50 stateside backed up to Smartville that are committed September inventory for your smart Center.

Any speculation on the B'bus launch?
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Spring launch for the ED versions. Yeah right.
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Spring launch for the ED versions. Yeah right.
I am in the U.S. (no idea of Canada's plan).

And yes, the EV's and the Cabs will be a simultaneous launch here in the spring.

Awaiting order desk to open (probably Xmas time).
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If the ED is to be available in the spring, then we'll see it in final form in Frankfurt, for sure.
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Given my brief history with the Smart shenanigans, I have doubts that this spring will feature EDs in our showrooms. Sure they might be showing them in the spring to help create interest, but I the fall would be my bestest guess!

Another factor to consider could be the acceptance of the ICE version. Lots of interest and orders might delay the ED a little. Just saying.
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$1000 deposit!!!! Now that is some funny stuff right there.
I'm beginning to fear what the MSRP is going to be. A month from launch and there's no mpg data, no crash test data, no pricing, not even a confirmed release date.

There's a press drive sometime this month starting in Portland...smart USA is so quiet that not even the Portland dealer knows about it.

I mean I know automakers are slow to release information, but smart USA has pretty much just fallen asleep behind the wheel.
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