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View Poll Results: Would a new roadster help Smart? Would you buy one?
I think it is a good idea and I would buy one 14 50.00%
I think it is a good idea but I would not buy one 2 7.14%
I think it is a bad idea if it is too much like a Miata 5 17.86%
I think it would be a bad idea since it could cost too much 1 3.57%
I think it would depend on what it would look like. 6 21.43%
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I always said Miata should have the tranny in the back. I wouldn't mind seeing it with a turbo 3 cylinder up front.
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The photo with the car lineup is from 2006. There isn't a new roadster in the works currently and that is the old for four. As much as I like my smart, it has nothing to do with Mercedes marketing efforts. They don't seem to have a clue anymore.
I'm convinced MBUSA doesn't care if they sell any. They were imported to satisfy MB's mileage standards on the company's monsters. I haven't seen a Smart commercial in months and we have a full dealership at the local MB dealer, with a near empty showroom of only 2 cars last time I was in it. They park the Mercedes sport models out front of the Smart store and use the store as the office for the Sprinter fleet sales office. Sprinters are made here in a huge factory near Ladson, SC. They have thousands in several yards both on the Sprinter factory and 2 parking lot monsters at the local fairgrounds, where they store Fedex logo'd models.

They don't market Smarts, here, and have no sales department dedicated to it, more evidence to support my suspicion Smart just raises the company MPG average to satisfy the EPA/govt bureaucrats.
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I think if the Mazda connection does not pan out.....
they should contact Barney O

I am SURE we would get a great car from that partnership ! If they decide to do that, I will send my $99.00 in now !
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Barney oldfield?

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I think if the Mazda connection does not pan out.....
they should contact Barney O

I am SURE we would get a great car from that partnership ! If they decide to do that, I will send my $99.00 in now !
Barney O as in Barney Oldfield?
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I always said Miata should have the tranny in the back. I wouldn't mind seeing it with a turbo 3 cylinder up front.
...enlighten me as to why it would need the tranny in the back if they got it damn close to 50/50 weight distribution with the engine and tranny up front?

I'd love to see Mazda and Smart team up! Coming from someone who has had 2 Miatas and a Mazda 2 before the Smart...
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...enlighten me as to why it would need the tranny in the back if they got it damn close to 50/50 weight distribution with the engine and tranny up front?
i wouldn't mind seeing a rear tranny Miata with a turbo 3 cylinder up front.
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I recently sent an e-mail to Smart USA about other models; Forfour, roadster. I will be checking my e-mail to see if they reply (hoping they give any kind of reply).

I still have not heard from them. I guess one can only hope.
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