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Smart car may not make it to British market

SMART, the innovative city car which has captured the imagination of environmentalists across Europe, may not be put on sale in Britain. The French-built micro-model will be introduced in nine markets in October but a decision has still to be reached on building right- hand-drive examples.

'It all depends on how well the car is received. We have deferred making a decision to concentrate on our present launch programme,' said spokesman Hubert Kogel. More than 200,000 potential buyers have declared an interest in the two-seater car. It was to have gone into the showrooms this month, but the launch was postponed to allow quality problems with some components to be rectified.

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