DaimlerChrysler's Smart USA has begun taking reservations for its Smart ForTwo compact car, which will be available for the first time ever in America in 2008. Reserving the right to buy a Smart hardtop or convertible will costs $99.

The "Pure" entry-level model will start at $12,000. A better-equipped "Passion" model at $14,000 will add a stereo system and other convenience features. The convertible is only available in "Passion" guise, for $17,000.

The "Pure" comes standard with a 5-speed automated manual transmission with manual or automatic mode, central remote locking system, 2-spoke leather steering wheel, radio-ready console, and more. Air conditioning, power windows and alloy wheels are optional.

The "Passion" model includes 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 AM/FM radio with CD player.

Exterior color choices will include Metallic Blue, Metallic Silver, Deep Black, Crystal White, Light Yellow, or Metallic Red for the main body panels, and black or silver for the "safety cell." The interior will only be available in grey.