Well not actually a promise but I understand more than 20,000 people have signed up for delivery of a SmartCar. I also understand 16,000 cars will be imported in 2008. If so, looks like several thousand folks will be disappointed. The "launch" of Smart Car and its viability in the US is that a dealership network (that works) is set up, parts in this network are there, and most of all, enough vehicles to satisfy the public. Of course the car has to "deliver". After the cuteness wears off, gas mileage will be a major component of the buyers choice to purchase it. If the gas mileage is in the 40 mpg (where I've seen it reported), there are several other vehicles already available to address the need. Hopefully the progress of getting the car into the US market is on target. It's been widely noted the car will be available 1st quarter 2008. I suggest the people behind Smart Car make progress reports between now and then, showing dealerships who will sell the vehicle and when buyers will be notified that they are on a real list of buyers. Will Smart Car, indicating the vehicle will be sold 1st quarter, actually start delivering cars to dealers then in turn will begin the process of customer notification, assigning cars to customers for delivery and deliver or will the actual availability be 2nd quarter or even beyond that timeframe? Smart Car needs these steps to happen in a reasonable time or .....?