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|smart USA Announces U.S. Dealer Network|
|smart fortwo to Debut at Dealerships Beginning This Month
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Jan 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG), is pleased to announce its dealership network of 74 smart dealerships across the United States. In the U.S., 68 dealers located in 31 states have been certified by smart USA as ready for business and are expected to begin retailing vehicles in January, subject to licensing and other required approvals. The remaining six dealerships are expected to commence retailing vehicles throughout 2008 upon completion of their facilities and obtaining licensing approval.
"We carefully selected dealers across the country who can best represent the smart brand," said Dave Schembri, president of smart USA. "Each dealer participated in our detailed qualification process, including an assessment of reputation for exceptional customer care. We are very pleased with our dealership network and we welcome our dealers to the smart family."
smart USA dealerships will be branded as "smart center" with the city name (for example - the dealership in Beverly Hills, California will be called - smart center Beverly Hills). The exterior will feature a distinctive black facade with a dramatic entrance featuring the smart logo overhead. Each showroom will showcase multiple vehicles and will sport the brand's signature black, yellow and white logo colors. The ceiling, walls and floor will be brilliant white so the cars are the center of attention on the showroom floor. Other dealership features include open sales consultation stations, a tridion safety cell and a smart boutique where customers may purchase the latest in smart merchandise.
Dealers will sell three trim levels of the smart fortwo. The pure coupe will retail starting at $11,590(a), the passion coupe will retail starting at $13,590(a) and the well-equipped passion cabriolet will retail starting at $16,590(a). Complete information about pricing, standard equipment and options can be found at www.smartusa.com.
Anticipated opening dates for authorized smart USA dealerships are indicated below and are subject to change. An updated list of authorized dealerships can be found on the company's website at www.smartusa.com. Please contact each individual dealership for additional information, including exact opening dates.
(a) Expected prices exclude tax, license, registration, destination charge and options.
Dealer Contact Names and Numbers are for PRESS only - not for public information.
Official smart USA Dealers
State Dealership Name and City Location Market ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Arizona smart center Chandler - Approx. Phoenix opening date mid-January 7450 West Orchid Lane Chandler, AZ 85226 Tracy Gurnett (480) 421-4341 California smart center Beverly Hills - Los Angeles Approx. opening date mid-January 9250 Beverly Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Vinnie Mandzak (310) 248-4219 smart center Santa Barbara - Los Angeles Approx. opening date mid-January 401 S. Hope Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Duane Sanders (805) 563-4206 smart center Laguna Niguel - Los Angeles Approx. opening date mid-January One Star Drive Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Mark Derengowski (949) 347-7627 smart center West Covina - Los Angeles Approx. opening date mid-January 2010 East Garvey Avenue South West Covina, CA 91791 Verone Pangilinan (626) 430-3710 smart center Riverside - Approx. Los Angeles opening date mid-January 8505 Indiana Avenue Riverside, CA 92504 Steve Kienle (951) 688-3332 smart center Universal City - Los Angeles Approx. opening date mid-January 4227 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91603 Ken Crossman (818) 762-7875 smart center Sacramento - Approx. Sacramento opening date mid-January 2625 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825 Richard Niello (916) 643-7300 smart center San Francisco - San Francisco Approx. opening date mid-January 500 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Ash Zaki (415) 553-4268 smart center San Jose - Approx. San Jose opening date mid-January 3940 Stevens Creek Boulevard San Jose, CA 95129 David Meese (408) 247-9034 smart center San Diego - Approx. San Diego opening date mid-January 4750 Kearny Mesa Road San Diego, CA 92111 Paul Ramplin (858) 569-6900 Colorado smart center Denver - Approx. Denver opening date in February 2855 S. Broadway Englewood, CO 80113 Trang Hamm (503) 372-7539 Connecticut smart center Hartford - Approx. Hartford opening date mid-January 650 Connecticut Blvd. East Hartford, CT 06108 Kevin Warriner (860) 290-6134 smart center Fairfield - Approx. Fairfield opening date mid-January 80 Commerce Drive Fairfield, CT 06825 Randall Seymore (203) 368-6725 Florida smart center Jacksonville - Jacksonville Approx. opening date mid-January 7018 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32244 Timothy O'Sullivan (904) 726-3359 smart center Sarasota - Approx. Sarasota/Ft. Myers opening date mid-January 4821 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34233 Wade Tucker (941) 924-3019 smart center Weston - Approx. South Florida opening date mid-January 3500 Weston Road Davie, FL 33331 Rick Case (954) 377-7400 smart center Palm Beach - Approx. South Florida opening date mid-January 3974 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409 Brian Sattar (561) 248-1186 smart center Coral Gables - South Florida Approx. opening date in February 272 Valencia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134 Denie Freyer (305) 445-8593 x477 smart center Tampa Bay - Approx. Tampa/Clearwater opening date in February 3800 W Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, FL 33614 Frank Cuteri (813) 870-0010 smart center Clearwater - Approx. Tampa/Clearwater opening date in February 19820 US 19 North Clearwater, FL 33764 Philip Lokey (727) 432-1122 smart center Orlando - Approx. Orlando opening date mid-January 8675 Commodity Circle Orlando, FL 32819 Julie Morelli (407) 992-3250 Georgia smart center Buckhead - Approx. Atlanta opening date February 2799 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305 Grene Baranco (404) 846-3500 Illinois smart center Lake Bluff - Approx. Chicago opening date mid-January 775 Rockland Road Lake Bluff, IL 60044 Barry Taylor (847) 283-8256 smart center Lincolnwood - Chicago Approx. opening date mid-January 4255 West Touhy Avenue Lincolnwood, IL 60712 Josh Dreyer (847) 933-7823 Indiana smart center Indianapolis - Indianapolis Approx. opening date mid-January 4000 East 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240 Linda Pettenaro (317) 580-6801 Kansas smart center Merriam - Approx. Kansas City opening date mid-January 9400 West 65th Street Merriam, KS 66203 Marion Battaglia (913) 677-3300 Kentucky smart center Louisville - Approx. Louisville opening date mid-January 2400 Blankenbaker Parkway Louisville, KY 40299 Dick Swope (502) 499-5006 Maryland smart center Germantown - Approx. Washington, D.C. opening date mid-January 19750 Germantown Road Germantown, MD 20874 Farokh Bagha (301) 601-5573 smart center Annapolis - Approx. Baltimore opening date mid-January 324 Sixth Street Annapolis, MD 21403 Brian Fader (443) 875-0444 Massachusetts smart center Boston - Approx. Boston opening date mid-January 259 McGrath Highway Somerville, MA 02145 Jeff Davis (617) 666-4100 smart center Lynnfield - Approx. Boston opening date mid-January 385 Broadway Lynnfield, MA 01940 Jeff Davis (617) 666-4100 Michigan smart center Bloomfield - Approx. Detroit opening date mid-January 1765 S. Telegraph Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Joe Ziniti (248) 648-2453 Minnesota smart center Bloomington - Minneapolis/St. Paul Approx. opening date mid-January 8033 Knox Avenue Bloomington, MN 55431 Gene Backer (952) 837-6363 Missouri smart center Creve Coeur - St. Louis Approx. opening date mid-January 11830 Olive St. Rd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141 Glenn Boland (314) 919-8002 Nebraska smart center La Vista - Approx. Omaha opening date mid-January 7010 S. 124th Circle LaVista, NE 68128 Tyrone Williams (402) 339-3131 New Jersey smart center Englewood - Approx. New York City opening date mid-January 24 Grand Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631 Joseph Agresta Jr. (201) 567-1400 smart center Edison - Approx. New York City opening date mid-January 910 U.S. Route One Edison, NJ 08817 Doug Wells (732) 549-6600 smart center Cherry Hill - Philadelphia Approx. opening date mid-January 2151 Rte 70 West Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 Mike Hartung (856) 663-3200 New Mexico smart center Albuquerque - Albuquerque Approx. opening date mid-January 1220 Renaissance NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 Carlos Garcia (505) 999-2500 New York smart center Latham - Approx. Albany/Schenectady opening date mid-January 1111 Troy-Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110 Maria Dunning (518) 724-1015 x124 smart center Buffalo - Approx. Buffalo opening date mid-January 8185 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221 Brooke Arber (716) 633-0088 smart center Manhattan - Approx. New York City opening date mid-January 536 W. 41 Street New York, NY 10036 Blair Creed (212) 629-1610 smart center Roslyn - Approx. New York City opening date mid-January 1600 Northern Blvd. Roslyn, NY 11576 Joe Stanco (516) 625-1600 smart center White Plains - New York City Approx. opening date mid-January 460 Tarrytown Road White Plains, NY 10607 Jack Calamusa (917) 817-7944 smart center Smithtown - Approx. New York City opening date mid-January 463 Middle Country Rd. St. James, NY 11780 Nancy Buzzetta (631) 265-2204 North Carolina smart center South Charlotte - Charlotte Approx. opening date mid-January 950 N. Polk Street Pineville, NC 28134 Karen McKemie (704) 889-4455 smart center Cary - Approx. Raleigh opening date mid-January 2400 Auto Park Blvd. Cary, NC 27511 Keith Elks (919) 876-5432 smart center Winston-Salem - Winston-Salem Approx. opening date mid-January 691 Jonestown Road Winston-Salem, NC 27103 Tim Cooper (336) 760-4580 Ohio smart center Bedford - Approx. Cleveland opening date mid-January 99 Broadway Bedford, OH 44146 Jed Hunter (440) 359-1560 smart center Easton - Approx. Columbus opening date February 4300 Morse Crossing Columbus, OH 43219 Brian Kramer (614) 291-2007 Oklahoma smart center Tulsa - Approx. Tulsa opening date mid-January 9393 S. Memorial Tulsa, OK 74133 Greg Kach (918) 249-9393 Oregon smart center Portland - Approx. Portland opening date mid-January 9215 SW Canyon Road Portland, OR 97225 Trang Hamm (503) 372-7539 Pennsylvania smart center Devon - Approx. Philadelphia opening date mid-January 215 West Lancaster Avenue Devon, PA 19333 Tom Lathbury (610) 848-7627 smart center Pittsburgh - Approx. Pittsburgh opening date mid-January 4709 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Gregg Szabatura (412) 683-5000 Rhode Island smart center Warwick - Approx. Providence opening date mid-January 1557 Bald Hill Road - 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 02886 Marcel Valois (401) 824-2252 Tennessee smart center Knoxville - Approx. Knoxville opening date mid-January 10131 Parkside Drive Knoxville, TN 37922 Bill Priddy (865) 777-2222 Texas smart center Dallas - Approx. Dallas opening date mid-January 6113 Lemmon Avenue Dallas, TX 75209 Ken Schnitzer (214) 443-8211 smart center San Antonio - San Antonio Approx. opening date mid-January 10739 I-H 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 April Ancira (210) 558-1500 smart center Sugar Land - Approx. Houston opening date mid-January 15625 SW Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 James Sparks (281) 207-1550 smart center Houston North - Houston Approx. opening date mid-January 17510 I-45 North Houston, TX 77090 Daniel Agnew (972) 628-4652 smart center Round Rock - Approx. Austin opening date mid-January 2132 North Mays - Suite 930 Round Rock, TX 78664 Cathy Cour (512) 493-9122 Utah smart center Lindon - Approx. Salt Lake City opening date in February 530 S. Lindon Park Drive Lindon, UT 84042 Curtis Sampson (801) 222-4400 Virginia smart center Tysons Corner - Washington D.C. Approx. opening date mid-January 8601 Westwood Center Dr. Vienna, VA 22182 Bob Farrell (703) 564-6400 Dealership Name and City Location smart center Alexandria - Approx. Washington D.C. opening date mid-January 1605 Fern Street Alexandria, VA 22302 Michael Lindsay (703) 647-1276 smart center Virginia Beach - Washington D.C. Approx. opening date in February 5193 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Stephen Snyder (757) 490-1111 x2080 Washington smart center Seattle - Approx. Seattle opening date mid-January 311 Baker Boulevard Seattle, WA 98188 Ethan Smith (206) 243-1455 Wisconsin smart center Milwaukee - Approx. Milwaukee opening date mid-January 11340 West Metro Blvd. Neenah, WI 53224 John Hogerty (920) 725-4444 ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Expected smart center Locations
State Serving the Market of... Projected Opening ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Alabama Birmingham Second Quarter 2008 California Torrance Second Quarter 2008 San Rafael Fourth Quarter 2008 Mississippi Jackson Second Quarter 2008 Nevada Las Vegas Third Quarter 2008 South Carolina Charleston Second Quarter 2008 ----------------------------------------------------------------------
ABOUT the smart fortwo and smart USA
The smart fortwo is manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz Cars and is a Daimler brand. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 40-plus mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in 36 countries, and more than 850,000 smart fortwos have been sold since 1998.
The smart fortwo is available in three trim levels. The entry-level pure will start at $11,590(b), manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), with standard convenience features such as a 5-speed automated manual transmission with manual or automatic mode, central remote locking system, 2-spoke leather steering wheel, and a radio-ready console. The well-equipped passion coupe, expected to start at $13,590(b) MSRP, includes all the standard features described on the pure, plus a panorama roof, alloy wheels, air conditioning with climate control, 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles, power windows, electric and heated side mirrors, and an AM/FM radio with CD player, all standard. Those seeking top-down excitement can choose the passion cabriolet, planned to start at $16,590(b) MSRP, with a standard upgraded radio and sound system that includes an mp3 compatible in-dash 6 CD changer.
Each vehicle features the two-color concept characteristic of the smart brand. All models come standard with a black tridion safety cell that can be upgraded to metallic silver at an additional cost. The changeable body panels are available in six colors - deep black, light yellow and crystal white are standard, while blue metallic, red metallic and silver metallic are offered for an additional charge.
smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc.
(b) Expected prices exclude tax, license, registration, destination charge and options.
ABOUT PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 314 retail automotive franchises, representing 40 different brands, and 26 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 170 franchises in 18 states and Puerto Rico and 144 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 1000 and has 16,000 employees.
Statements in this press release may involve forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary materially because of risks and uncertainties, including production delays, licensing delays, delays in developing a dealership network and external factors such as interest rate fluctuations, changes in consumer spending and other factors over which management has no control. These forward-looking statements should be evaluated together with additional information about Penske Automotive Group's business, markets, conditions and other uncertainties that could affect Penske Automotive Group's future performance, which are contained in Penske Automotive Group's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and which are incorporated into this press release by reference.
For additional information, visit www.smartusa.com or www.penskeautomotive.com
SOURCE: smart USA
Ken Kettenbeil, 248-648-2582