ZAP Zig-Zags Around DaimlerChrysler Smart Car Roadblock

ZAP purportedly will import Smart cars through 'non-affiliated' importer called Smart-Automobile LLC.

Published: 13-Jun-2005

DaimlerChrysler may have zapped its plan to launch the diminutive Smart Car in the U.S., but California-based electric-car builder ZAP recently announced it was out to prove the tiny Smart could be a success there.

ZAP says it will buy $1 billion worth of Smart Fortwos, the same model that arrived last year in Canada, to resell to U.S. customers.

ZAP won't be getting its cars from Canada, however.

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