SMART LAUNCHES MOTABILITY

Disabled drivers will soon be getting mobile in the smart city-coupé and cabrio, following an agreement by smart to supply vehicles as part of the Motability scheme.

Motability, a UK charity helping disabled people to become mobile, has trained and tested sales staff in 37 smart outlets across the UK.

Jeremy Simpson, Head of smart in the UK, said: “Only five per cent of disabled drivers require their vehicle to have significant adaptations, such as ramps and hoists.

“The smart city-coupé and cabrio, with its high seat height, amount of leg room and wide-opening doors, is ideally suited to the majority of disabled drivers. Automatic transmission is standard across most of the range, while gear-change paddles mounted on the steering wheel already come as an option. For drivers who need to carry a wheelchair, you can fit one in the boot.”

Noel Muddiman, Executive Director of Motability, said: “smart is a great product, and I am sure a lot of customers will welcome the brand becoming available on the Motability scheme. Having a network of smart salespeople focussed on understanding the needs of disabled drivers is just as important as having the right product available.

“The Motability specialists at the 37 sites will be able to advise drivers on the type of car that would suit them, and the options available. We are delighted that so many dealers have invested the time getting their staff trained.”

The smart city-coupé range starts from £6,560, on the road.  All models have a 698 cc, three cylinder engine, and standard specification across the range includes ABS, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), driver and passenger airbags, electric windows, remote central locking, rev counter, clock and RDS radio cassette. 

Customers can get more information about smart and Motability by calling the freephone number 0808 000 8080 or by visiting the web site at www.thesmart.co.uk.

The training and administration of the smart motability scheme is managed by Network Automotive Management, who manage the Motability for other leading car brands.

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For further information contact:

Nick O’Donnell

smart Retail Press Office

Tel: 01908 301114

Mobile: 07753 914989

nick.odonnell@daimlerchrysler.co.uk

smart motability is available from the following smart outlets:

smart Birmingham

smart Chiswick

smart Manchester

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Mercedes-Benz Dartford

Mercedes-Benz Kings Norton

Mercedes-Benz of Blackpool

Mercedes-Benz of Bristol

Mercedes-Benz of Cambridge

Mercedes-Benz of Exeter

Mercedes-Benz of Gatwick

Mercedes-Benz of Hertford

Mercedes-Benz of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Mercedes-Benz of Plymouth

Mercedes-Benz of Sheffield

Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton

Mercedes-Benz Tamworth

Pentagon Southampton

Rawsons T.M.S. Kent

Road Range Chester

Road Range Liverpool PC

Robinsons Mercedes-Benz Norwich

Rycroft Stockton

SG Cardiff

SG Newport

Vardy Continental Glasgow

Western Automobile Company Edinburgh

Westwood Garage Blackburn

Derwent Vehicles Leeds

Drayton of Stoke

Gerard Mann Coventry

Greenoaks Reading

Hughes of Beaconsfield

Isaac Agnew, Belfast

Jacksons Bournemouth

John R Weir, Perth

John R Weir Aberdeen

Lancaster Ipswich

Lancaster Mercedes-Benz, Leigh-on-Sea

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