Car manufacturer Mercedes Benz on Wednesday unveiled a chocolate-themed version of its Smart car in Tokyo, just two weeks before St. Valentine’s Day. Designed by a Japanese accessories company, Q-Pot, the car is brown and patterned like a bar of chocolate.
It’s traditional in Japan for women to give men a gift of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Japanese women are expected to buy Valentines presents for their husbands, male members of their families, their boy friends, their bosses and their male colleagues.
“I designed this car hoping that not only men but also women would drive this car and spend sweet time at the wheel,” said Q-Pot’s Tadaaki Wakamatsu, the designer of the limited-edition car and a chocolate lover himself, created this version of the Smart car for the Valentine season.
Orders for the car can be placed from 2 February to 13 March, one day before the so-called ‘White Day’, when Japanese men repay the women who gave them gifts of chocolate with other presents. The price for the chocolate-themed Smart car is $28,780, while the price for the standard version of the Smart car is $22,439. [via The Star]