And now the car that wouldn't even be considered by me is not even considered by Daimler Benz!Whereas you are correct that companies are global, national brands retain a certain je ne sais quoi.
The smart is unmistakably an European car in conception, economy, power, safety, performance envelope, price, features, and design. Those are the characteristics that separate it from what are typically known as "econoboxes" and "penalty boxes".
Well, the Nissan Micra is an econobox. This is why it won't even be considered by some.
Oh yeah, baby!