there's another SMARTUSA response in another thread in the forum that states essentially the same. So this is good. I'm glad they will take the approach that MINI took when they introduced the new MINI to the states.
I received this directly from Smart Cust. Svc.,, so they put it in writing....
Dear smart Enthusiast, Our dealership organizations will be announced during the second half of 2007. Our dealerships will provide maintenance and servicing, however specific options have not been determined. smart USA is dedicated to superb customer service. As a result of this dedication, no authorized smart USA dealer will be allowed to charge over the sticker price for a new smart fortwo. However, please keep in mind that the prices shown on our website are tentative and may be changed before the 2008 launch. The price does not include taxes, license, destination charges, and other fees that come standard whenever purchasing a new vehicle. Thank you for you interest in smart USA. You will be hearing from us soon! Jessica Ratcliff Customer Service www.smartusa.com 1.800.smartusa