ZAP delivers first smart cars in US

A reader tipped us that yesterday was the first day that DaimlerChrysler's diminutive smart car (they prefer the lower-case "s") was to be sold in the US, and this press release seems to confirm it. ZAP, the company that imports and modifies the car for the US market (Daimler already sells it in Europe and Canada, but has no plans for the US) has received the final regulatory approval last month, and back then they already had $750M in advance orders. It still has to be seen whether the smart will be popular in the US, land of SUVs, and if DaimlerChrysler will stop losing money on it. ::ZAP [by MGR]