Schreef ik onlangs nog een bijna emotionele biografie waar tranen van in je ogen krijgt, over de smart fortwo en hoe goed dit karretje na een paar zware eerste levensjaren, uiteindelijk toch nog terecht is gekomen. Vandaag het bericht dat er in de Verenigde Staten een garage is waar het halve autootje ook daadwerkelijk voor half geld kan parkeren. Een primeur voor zover ik weet.
In de drukke wijk Manhattan in New York kunnen eigenaren van een smart fortwo voor de helft van de prijs parkeren in de vier garages van Meyers Parking bij: Madison Square Garden, Times Square, the Javits Convention Center en The Empire State Building. Helaas voor de smart eigenaren gaat het om een tijdelijke actie die tot 31 december loopt.
Goede reclame voor zowel Meyers Parking als voor smart en op zich helemaal niet gek gedacht. Op veel fronten betalen we al naar gebruik. Denk aan bijvoorbeeld aan wegenbelasting die afhankelijk is van het gewicht van de auto. Straks de kilometerheffing waarbij je pas betaalt als je de weg gebruikt en ga zo maar door. Het is alleen jammer dat je in een garage niet zoveel hebt aan half lege parkeerplekken. Wellicht zou een gedeelte met kleine en een deel met grote parkeerplekken een idee zijn. En uiteraard wil dan ook korting bij de wasstraat. (via: autobloggreen)
Meyers Parking Offers Discounts to smart fortwo Owners in New York City. smart fortwo Owners Receive Half-Off Rates When Parking at Any of Six Meyers Parking Structures, including Locations in Times Square and Madison Square Garden
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., (Sept., 8, 2008) – smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG), announces Meyers Parking in New York City now offers parking discounts to smart fortwo owners. Owners of the revolutionary vehicle will receive a 50 percent discount off daily and monthly posted parking rates at any of the six Meyers Parking facilities in New York City.
“Our arrangement with Meyers Parking gives smart owners the best of both worlds: the ability to park at a discounted price, along with the ease to park almost anywhere,” said Dave Schembri, President of smart USA. “The smart fortwo is helping New Yorkers change the way they park and navigate congested city streets, while offering great fuel economy, safety and functionality.”
At 61 inches wide and 106 inches long, the smart fortwo is a practical solution for New Yorkers looking to find an easy way to park in New York City. In addition to being easy to park, the vehicle is attracting an overwhelming number of buyers who want a solution to high gas prices, a way to reduce their environmental footprint and beat urban congestion in a package that is fun to drive.
“Decreased parking supply and urban congestion represent a continuing problem in New York, and we can’t think of a better company to partner with than smart USA to help combat these issues,” said Mike Carolan, Director of Operations for Meyers Parking. “We are excited to offer smart owners a discount, as it seems only appropriate that smart owners pay half price since they only take up half the space.”
Meyers Parking is the official parking garage of Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers, New York Knicks and New York Liberty. Meyers also has the largest public garages in Times Square, on the Upper East Side and the Empire State Building area. The discount for smart fortwo owners will run now through Dec. 31, 2008.
smart USA has sold more than 16,000 smart fortwos since January 16, 2008. Currently there are approximately 1,700 smart owners in the metropolitan New York market. There are currently seven smart centers located in the tri-state area including: Manhattan, Roslyn, Smithtown and White Plains in New York, Edison and Englewood in New Jersey and Fairfield, Connecticut.
ABOUT MEYERS PARKING
Meyers Parking is a recognized leader in the parking industry with a proud history of providing courteous and efficient service to its customers. With facilities located throughout New York City, Meyers Parking proudly services over 3,000,000 customers per year with over 5000 available parking spaces. Meyers Parking has locations which provide public parking for New York City’s greatest entertainment venues and tourist attractions including Madison Square Garden, Times Square, The Javits Center and the Empire State Building. For additional information about Meyers Parking please email [email protected]
ABOUT the smart fortwo and smart USA
smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. The smart fortwo is a brand of and is manufactured by Daimler AG. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 41 mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle, as certified by the State of California Air Resources Board. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in 37 countries, and nearly one million smart fortwos have been sold since 1998. The 2009 smart fortwo is available in three trim levels ranging in price from $11,590 to $16,590*.
* For current model year only. Prices are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice. Excludes tax, title, registration, destination charge, options and other dealer fees.
smart is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
ABOUT PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., operates 307 retail automotive franchises, representing more than 40 different brands, and 27 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive Group, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 159 franchises in 19 states and Puerto Rico and 148 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive Group is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 1000 and has approximately 16,000 employees.