Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 10 years of production of its diminutive Smart Fortwo this year. The company says it has sold more than 900,000 examples of the two-seater since it began building it in 1998, including 12,400 in Canada since it became available in this country in 2004.

The Fortwo recently went on sale for the first time in the United States, and future plans include establishing a retail presence in China and adding an electric-drive version of the current model for 2010.

The car was initially offered in Germany and eight other European countries, and is now sold in 37 countries on five continents including Canada, the United States, South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Australia, and Malaysia.

In markets other than North America, Smart also markets Roadster and four-seat Forfour models. Along with its cult status, the Fortwo can also claim to be the only production vehicle to be displayed at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

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