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Smart unveils mini pickup truck

11 january 2012, 17:03
The new Smart For Us vehicle. ©AFP
The new Smart For Us vehicle. ©AFP
Smart unveiled a miniature, all-electric pickup truck at the Detroit auto show Monday amid a German onslaught of urban mini-cars into the US market which had long been dominated by massive trucks and sport utility vehicles, AFP reports.

"The Smart for-Us shows what a car nowadays needs to be great," Anette Winkler, president of Smart, said at a press conference.

"It's not size but in fact: high convenience, low emission, safety and lots of driving fun."

The zippy little car -- currently a prototype -- can accommodate two passengers and has a flatbed big enough for two electric bicycles, Winkler said.

It also comes with a special recharging port for the electric bicycles.

Smart has already sold 100,000 vehicles in the United States to "creative, inspired and forward-thinking people who want to be different," she added.

Daimler, which owns the smart brand, announced last year that it would take over smart sales in the United States from a private distributor.

Smart sales stumbled after their initially successful 2008 launch, selling just 5,208 vehicles last year.

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