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The rumors have consistently pointed to late May or early June for US configuration and first-ordering. Does anyone have an update or confirmation of this timeline? So far, MBZ seems to be hitting its key deadlines correctly, so that makes me believe that we'll actually be able to order a 453 in a few weeks.
 

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They hope for late May or early June, per my original post. I'm looking for an update or corroboration from our other resident smart specialists.

Oh, and :) to you, too.
 

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The brand reps are as much in the dark (at least I am ?) as the rest of you?

I pester HQ at least once a week.

Last official word from Mothership Montvale was ordering would be able to start "about the end of April", which would mean NOW?

Maybe Monday?
 

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Checking in from the Smart Center in Medford, OR.


Our allotment of 2016 gas 453's just dropped into our inventory this morning. Order desk and configure site are not yet up. These will not be built till August, so early October arrival for us.


I do not know if changes can be made yet, or these are pre-ordered factory cars that cannot be altered. Should know where that stands by Monday.


*** UPDATE: The MSRP on these cars have not been released and that is normal for any new generation. I have seen models held at the Vehicle Prep Centers until corporate releases pricing so
the window stickers. can be printed!
 

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The brand reps are as much in the dark (at least I am ?) as the rest of you?

I pester HQ at least once a week.

Last official word from Mothership Montvale was ordering would be able to start "about the end of April", which would mean NOW?

Maybe Monday?

Sounds familiar... :shrug:
 

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I hope local dealer will get actual paint and fabric samples by the time the configurator is up.

October, ugh. I had just recalibrated to a September expectation.

We should start seeing US first drive tests soon, I imagine. Looking forward to reading a comparison with the DCT.
 

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The brand reps are as much in the dark (at least I am ?) as the rest of you?

I pester HQ at least once a week.

Last official word from Mothership Montvale was ordering would be able to start "about the end of April", which would mean NOW?

Maybe Monday?
How does the notion of the Mothership lifting off from Montvale and landing down in Georgia this summer affect any decisions they (M-B) make as to when a 453 will be able to be ordered?
 

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How does the notion of the Mothership lifting off from Montvale and landing down in Georgia this summer affect any decisions they (M-B) make as to when a 453 will be able to be ordered?

The entire corporate footprint is changing. The Learning Center has moved from the Ontario area to Long Beach. Corporate Headquarters has moved from NJ to Connecticut. The West Coast Vehicle Prep Center has moved from Long Beach to Port Hueneme.


All of this has disrupted distribution and certain divisions. We had delays of inventory and Smart lost a lot of their people in the corporate move.


It will all settle down... I would suspect orders will be taken by June, but it's just an educated guess.
 

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Heck, have they recovered yet from the Penske transition?

Yes, they have...


But, you must understand that the relationship between Smart & Mercedes-Benz is a symbiotic relationship. The amount of profit from each Smart is not as important as the credits (or volume) for the units they sell. This is what helps them to hit their CAFE requirements!
 
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