Daimler AG launched the tiny Smart Fortwo, which features interchangeable body panels, nationwide in December 2007. The two-seat, 1,800-pound car gets 40 mpg on the highway. Its one-liter, three-cylinder engine produces 71 horsepower and reaches a top speed of 90 mph. Only 8 feet, 8 inches long and 5 feet 1 inches wide, the Fortwo can fit perpendicularly in a standard parking space, and two Fortwos can fit in one space parked front-to-back.
The Fortwo’s base price is $11,590, and available upgrades include a sunroof and soft-top convertible. More than 30,000 potential buyers across the country have placed $99 deposits at smartusa.com.