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Daimler's Smart Fortwo sells out before U.S. debut

What's fashionable, as cool as an iPhone but just a tad bigger?

In this case, an impossibly tiny vehicle called the Smart Fortwo that isn't even for sale in the United States until January, but its manufacturer says its limited production is sold out through much of 2008.

A bubble-shaped two-seater, at 106 inches the Smart is more than three feet shorter than a Mini Cooper, and less than half the length of a Chevrolet Suburban.

The Fortwo, following in the tracks of automotive icons such as the Toyota Prius and Mazda Miata, has developed the kind of buzz marketers dream about, managing to squeeze into its pint-sized cockpit several sales-friendly attributes: It sips gas,...