smart-BRABUS GmbH which was founded in March 2002. The joint venture between smart and the tuning specialist BRABUS has an area of almost 9,000 square metres at its disposal in the new state-of-the-art technology and compe-tence centre. In addition to ultramodern vehicle workplaces, the building built with an investment of 16 million euros accommodates a development department with computer-assisted test benches and also the administrative headquarters of the joint venture. Furthermore there is a smart centre on site where customers can view and buy the range of products. With the decision to set up the headquarters at this location, smart-BRABUS GmbH created 120 new jobs in Bottrop. The joint venture develops exclusive accessories for the whole smart product range, uprated engines and a series-produced BRABUS design and equipment line for all cars of the smart brand. In addition to this, small series of special smart models will be produced at the new company headquarters in Bottrop. smart and the smart centres are solely responsible for the marketing and sales of the products developed by the joint venture. smart and BRABUS each hold a 50 percent share in smart-BRABUS GmbH and Bodo Buschmann is the president of the joint venture. "With the opening of the smart-BRABUS GmbH headquarters we are giving a clear signal for the further expansion of the joint venture which has already been extremely profitable. In Bottrop we are pooling our expertise, says Andreas Renschler, smart president. smart-BRABUS president Bodo Buschmann adds: "Our track record to date is impressive: In 2003 the smart fortwo BRABUS already made up an impressive two percent of total sales of this model range of more than 100,000 vehicles. The special models such as the smart roadster edition blue-wave, and the exclusive BRABUS Accessories for smart models are also proving extremely popular."