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While this just appeared in Automotive News today, it almost sounds like a step backwards?!


Smart plans 10 stores as stand-alones
Diana T. Kurylko
Automotive News
August 20, 2007 - 12:01 am EST


Smart USA expects to have at least 10 stand-alone stores when the For-Two minicar goes on sale in January.

David Schembri, president of Smart USA, says distributor Penske Automotive Group Inc. is still working on individual agreements for an initial network of about 40 dealerships. Schembri says he expects Smart's network to grow to 60 stores by the end of 2008 and perhaps to 70 within "a couple of years."

Of the initial 40, only seven or eight will be Penske Automotive dealerships, Schembri says. About half of the total Smart dealers also will be Mercedes-Benz dealers.

The first exclusive Smart dealership is being built in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. It also will be Smart's corporate headquarters, which now is housed in trailers on the property.

Rather than have an owner's name, all stores will be named the same way - Smart Center and then the city, such as Smart Center Bloomfield Hills.

Schembri says Smart will begin contacting some of the 20,000 potential customers who ordered a ForTwo by placing a $99 refundable deposit online. They will be given detailed pricing and asked to confirm, change or go into more detail about their choice of car. No contracts will be signed until dealers are appointed.


Only 40 dealers!!?....and only 20,000 potential customers - that makes me wonder how up to date the info is!
 

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Since they are citing initial production of 20,000 units, it sounds like it is fairly current. It was just recently announced that they were upping production numbers from 16,000 to 20,000. I'm still wondering why the initial 40 dealers haven't been announced yet. Maybe, the dealers requested that information be withheld until late in the year to postpone for as long as possible the irate calls from people who missed the opportunity to place a reservation. Our local dealer has already been determined and has notified all of the reservation holders within its sales territory, but only because they are having an "invitation only" Smart car show this week.
 

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Since they are citing initial production of 20,000 units, it sounds like it is fairly current. It was just recently announced that they were upping production numbers from 16,000 to 20,000. I'm still wondering why the initial 40 dealers haven't been announced yet. Maybe, the dealers requested that information be withheld until late in the year to postpone for as long as possible the irate calls from people who missed the opportunity to place a reservation. Our local dealer has already been determined and has notified all of the reservation holders within its sales territory, but only because they are having an "invitation only" Smart car show this week.
As in the case of my local dealer, all these late announcements evidentally are due to the variable negotiation process with SmartUSA. Some contracts are signed quickly and early, others are still in the works. No sense in announcing a dealership and then have the agreement fall through, I guess.
Presumably SmartUSA will make a formal dealership network announcement soon when all the ink is dry on the agreement on the dealers that will be open in January.
 

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At 20,000 units over 40 dealers equals 500 cars for each dealer per year or about 41 sales per month per dealer, on average. That does not sound like a large distribution number when you look at it that way.
 

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My local BMW/MINI dealer is owned by Penske. The local MB dealer is not. It will be interesting to see where it lands.

I'm near Minneapolis.
 

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How are you calculating off the reservation #

Based on my crude calculations, if you submitted your reservation before the end of JUne you got a shot at that ONE in 2008. Otherwise, be prepared to wait til the following year.
How are you calculating off the reservation #???? I reserved on March 28. I would like to know which # I will be.
 

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How are you calculating off the reservation #???? I reserved on March 28. I would like to know which # I will be.

There was a reason I mentioned my calculation was crude (and a bit sarcastic). Here's my crude logic. It's taken almost a month to get order invitations out for the first day of resrvations (March 19 or 1173). If it takes a month to make it through a day of reservations, it'll take 8 months to get through 8days of reservations. Of course, the reality is that far more people made reservations on day 1 than any other day, so there is no way (yet, I'm still working on it) to determine how long it will really take. Once we get through a few days of reservations, we should be able to identify a more realistic timeline. Your last four digits should be 1182 based on your reservation date.
 

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a little less cruder.....

There was a reason I mentioned my calculation was crude (and a bit sarcastic). Here's my crude logic. It's taken almost a month to get order invitations out for the first day of resrvations (March 19 or 1173). If it takes a month to make it through a day of reservations, it'll take 8 months to get through 8days of reservations. Of course, the reality is that far more people made reservations on day 1 than any other day, so there is no way (yet, I'm still working on it) to determine how long it will really take. Once we get through a few days of reservations, we should be able to identify a more realistic timeline. Your last four digits should be 1182 based on your reservation date.
How's this for logic. Lets say there were 10,000 reservations made in the first 6 weeks of the program (quite likely since there were about 20,000 by end June), at 20,000 units per year, then it will take the first 6 months of production to handle the first 6 weeks of reservations.:eek:

(not quite of bad as 8 months for 8 days!;) )
 

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If my wife lets me buy a smart, I'll have to pick it up in CT or NY on one of our trips to/from kids colleges - then drive it 300+ miles home on I-95!

eric, wishing for smart in enfield, maine
 

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I checked out http://smartcenterbloomington.com, and it's been purchased and parked, but not by Feldmann Imports, who will be running the smart center, but instead by PAG. Here's the whois information:

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: SMARTCENTERBLOOMINGTON.COM
Created on: 03-Nov-06
Expires on: 03-Nov-09
Last Updated on: 06-Aug-07

Administrative Contact:
Williams, Chuck [email protected]
smart USA LLC
2555 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield, Michigan 48302
United States
(248) 648-2320

Technical Contact:
Williams, Chuck [email protected]
smart USA LLC
2555 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield, Michigan 48302
United States
(248) 648-2320
smartcenterlagunaniguel.com and smartcenterla.com are set up under private registrations, so I can't tell if it's by the owners/operators of the dealership or PAG.
 

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smartcenterbeverlyhills.com was registered by smartUSA.

Registrant:
smart USA LLC
2555 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield, Michigan 48302
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: SMARTCENTERBEVERLYHILLS.COM
Created on: 03-Nov-06
Expires on: 03-Nov-09
Last Updated on: 04-Nov-07


However Beverly Hills Mercedes is not a Penske dealership, its site bhbenz.com whois is here http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/results.jsp?domain=bhbenz.com

Do a whois on smartcenter"insert city here".com You'll find that smart has gang registered domains for future use.
 
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