Daimler Financial Services Americas Teams With Liberty Mutual to Offer Comprehensive Insurance Coverage to Drivers of the Brand New Smart Fortwo

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Daimler Financial Services Americas is supporting the retail sales launch of the smart fortwo in the United States with a comprehensive package of finance and insurance products for consumers and dealers.

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Daimler Financial is providing inventory financing for smart USA Distributor LLC, wholesale financing for dealer inventories, retail financing for smart fortwo owners and has teamed up with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to create a smart USA-branded retail insurance program that is licensed in all 50 states.

“Our Daimler Insurance team, working with Liberty Mutual, has created a personal auto insurance plan for smart fortwo drivers that can save customers hundreds of dollars a year on their car insurance,” said Klaus Entenmann, President and CEO of Daimler Financial Services Americas. “Our retail and insurance packages offered by smart center dealers will allow smart fortwo owners to take advantage of one-stop shopping to quickly get rolling in this amazing vehicle.”

The highlights of this personal auto insurance plan for smart fortwo drivers is called: “Insurance foryou” and features:

— 12-month guaranteed rate– Genuine smart fortwo replacement parts– New vehicle replacement coverage in the first year of ownership andwithin 15,000 miles– 24-hour roadside assistance anywhere in the U.S. and Canada– towing to your nearest smart dealer or qualified repair facility– 24-hour claims service, seven days a week

“smart USA is excited to partner with two fantastic companies who pride themselves on outstanding customer service. Both Daimler Financial Services and Liberty Mutual have a long history of success in the United States,” said David Schembri, President, smart USA.

This consumer car insurance program is innovative in the captive financing market as all customer touch points are being used to promote the program including Finance & Insurance Manager referral, website enrollment, finance billing inserts, and cross-selling by Liberty Mutual field agents and call center agents.

“Our research has shown that well-known major insurers may not have been fully prepared to quote on a brand new vehicle that is creating a brand new segment in the U.S. market,” said Anamika Singhal, General Manager, Daimler Insurance Americas. “With Liberty Mutual as a partner on Insurance foryou, the program enables smart fortwo owners to obtain a highly competitive quote along with a special discount which helps get vehicles on the road, especially for those thousands of customers who made advanced reservations on the purchase of the smart fortwo months ago.”

About Daimler Financial Services Americas (DCFS USA LLC)

Daimler Financial Services Americas (DCFS USA LLC) provides brand-specific financing for Mercedes-Benz automotive dealers’ inventories and their retail customers, and conducts business in the United States luxury car market as Mercedes-Benz Financial. In the U.S. trucking industry, Daimler Financial Services Americas conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and finances Daimler commercial vehicle products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star for dealers and their customers in the fleet, vocational, municipal and owner/operator segments. Daimler Financial Services Americas serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and has approximately 1,600 employees. Daimler Financial Services Americas is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, which operates in nearly 40 countries with an employee base of close to 6,800. Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading financial services organizations worldwide. For more information about Daimler Financial Services Americas, visit http://www.daimler-financialservices.com/na

About smart USA and smart fortwo

smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo(R) in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. The smart fortwo is manufactured by Mercedes-Benz Cars and is a Daimler brand. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 40 plus 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 36 other countries, and more than 850,000 smart fortwos have been sold since 1998. For more information about smart USA or the smart fortwo, visit http://www.smartusa.com/.

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Daimler Financial Services Americas

CONTACT: Jack Ferry of Daimler Financial Services Americas, Office+1-248-991-6610, Cell +1-248-761-3233, [email protected]; or KenKettenbeil of smart USA Distributor LLC, Office +1-248-648-2582,[email protected]

Web site: http://www.daimlerchryslerfinancialservices.com/nahttp://www.smartusa.com/