Macworld UK has received confirmation of Smart's plans to introduce an iPod-equipped car in France.

MacGeneration last week said the vehicle would be announced at Apple Expo Paris next week.

Macworld sources say the iPod connects to the car stereo, with a dock that's built-into the car. It shows up on the stereo as an auxiliary device, and can be controlled using the stereo. Just one hundred so-equipped Smart cars will be released in France, though "Smart UK is really interested in doing the same," said a source.

Unlike the US 'iPods unite' promotion of a Volkswagen Beetle with an iPod that connects to the car using a cassette stereo adaptor, Smart have built connectivity into the vehicle.

Apple Expo Paris begins September 16 with a keynote speech from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.