Smart Car Fan Rutger Hauer Signs ZAP's eBay Charity Auction
Rutger Hauer uses a Smart Car in conjunction with his motor home
when he is out on the road during productions. Pictured here is his
car and the 18-wheel motor home he spent three years building
Smart Car Fan Rutger Hauer Signs ZAP's eBay Charity Auction Car; First Auction of U.S.-Compliant Smart Car Reaches $30,000 on 53 Bids with Three Days Remaining
SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 2005--ZAP (PCX:ZAPZ), pioneering the next generation of advanced transportation and energy technologies, announced today that actor and Smart Car fan Rutger Hauer has signed the car being auctioned by ZAP on eBay, the first U.S.-compliant Smart Car available to the general public, with proceeds going to charities involved in clean air and advanced transportation.
Mr. Hauer, currently appearing in the feature film "Batman Begins" and recently in "Sin City," yesterday signed the Smart Car's "Passion Model Plate" during a meeting with ZAP CEO Steve Schneider in Los Angeles. The car being auctioned by ZAP now becomes a "Rutger Hauer Signature Smart Car." Purchase of the car includes Mr. Hauer's personal signature. To bid on the Smart Car Americanized via ZAP, visit http://www.eBay.com and use the keyword 'Smart Car' or the eBay Item Number 4556842599.
A veteran actor, Hauer has starred in such films as "Blade Runner," "The Hitcher," "Ladyhawke" and "Blind Fury." A native of Holland, Mr. Hauer uses a Smart Car in conjunction with his motor home when he is out on the road during productions. He provided photos of his car and the 18-wheel motor home he spent three years building and customizing. View the photos on ZAP's News Site at www.zapworld.com.
Mr. Hauer signed the Smart Car to help ZAP's auction for charity. He is active in providing help, attention and care to children and pregnant women with HIV/AIDS, as well as educating communities about the disease with his Rutger Hauer Starfish Association. For more information, visit his official website, http://www.rutgerhauer.org.
ZAP is auctioning the Smart Car on eBay to raise awareness of its marketing strategy to start a dealer network for fuel-efficient, low-emission and advanced technology vehicles. With the Smart Car listing, ZAP is seeking to make a statement about the importance of improved transportation technology to promote cleaner air and increased fuel efficiency. The Company will share auction proceeds equally with The American Lung Association and the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. ZAP also wants to make a statement about rising gas prices and the Company's mission to help consumers contain transportation costs: the auction winner of the Smart Car will receive a one-year supply of gasoline. Restrictions apply; see listing for details.
ZAP is organizing U.S. marketing and distribution for the Smart Car, a highly fuel-efficient vehicle that has created worldwide interest since its European release in 1998. The Smart Car ForTwo Coupe is popular among drivers in Europe, Canada and other countries. But with U.S. gas prices at record highs and American drivers increasingly demanding greater fuel efficiency and advanced energy transportation solutions, ZAP CEO Steve Schneider is confident that the popularity of this internal-combustion microcoupe will continue to grow in the domestic market. At the same
First eBay Auction for U.S.-Compliant Smart Car from ZAP Closed at
$35,350 After Strong
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