f there was an award for the car that was “most improved” by a fresh redesign, there is no question who would be winning it this year: the Smart Fortwo.
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Can European-style micro-cars make it here in America? While many would say no, the Daimler Corporation is saying yes with the all-new, totally redesigned 2016 Smart ForTwo that debuted yesterday at the North American International Auto Show. Can this pint-sized people-mover strike a better chord with urbanites the second time around? Daimler certainly has done […]
The new 2016 Smart ForTwo and ForFour raised hopes that the long-lusted-after Smart Roadster might make a comeback, but the Smart CEO says no dice.
Not convinced the tiny 2016 Smart is safe enough for you and yours? Check out this video of a 2016 Smart ForTwo vs. a Mercedes S-Class crash test.
The 2016 Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour are all new from one tiny bumper to the other, and (hopefully) address the many shortcomings of the original.
What is a Smart car, exactly? For the past several years, the brand has drifted from one concept to another with little success in the American marketplace. First the brand brought out the slinky and stylish Roadster, then experimented with a four-door sedan, before toying with the truly weird Crossblade. The market in Europe for small, entry […]
While sales of Smart vehicles haven’t taken off the way Daimler hoped, the next-generation of Smart cars looks to broaden its compact appeal.
The all-new, rear-wheel drive Renault Twingo broke cover last week ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, previewing a chassis shared with the new Smart ForTwo.
The North American International Auto Show is huge, and there were not enough hours in the day to see everything, talk to everyone, or to cover all the green cars that have come to dominate these shows. That said, we did manage to snap some pictures of some of the cooler green concepts and cars scattered about the show. Consider this our “wrap-up” post, with a return to our regularly-scheduled news stories tomorrow.
When we think of Smart cars, we generally think of cramped, underpowered city cars with no performance ambitions whatsoever. But people more creative than us have come up with some unique solutions to the Smart’s lack of performance prowess, including a team who built a Smart 4×4 Buggy’s that they had hoped to bring to the Dakar Rally.
There is something inherently geeky about electric cars, and as a geek, I can’t help but appreciate the similarities between EVs and video games. Apparently I’m not the only one. At the recent Bologna Auto Show, two Smart ForTwo Electric Drive EVs were linked to a soccer simulator. Simple, but effective, and perhaps in the future an even more viable marketing tool.
New tactics in production efficiency aren’t just cutting emissions; they’re cutting costs. Mercedes-owned Smart is currently ramping up production of its Smart ForTwo Electric Drive EV, and the company has given the press a sneak peek at one of Europe’s greenest factories, affectionately-dubbed “Smartville.”
Smart announced two new cars today- their full electric and their electric Smart for Jeremy concept, which was launched last night at a fabulous party we weren’t invited to. The Fiat 500 has become the classic fashionista car overnight, popping up in every parking lot in the garment district here in LA. Their ad campaign for the Abarth proved sex does indeed sell. So what’s the smaller, more efficient, and thoroughly practical Smart supposed to do to compete?
It is an open secret that Daimler-owned small car brand Smart is suffering from slow sales, especially here in America. With an influx of high-quality compact cars in the same price range as the Smart, consumers are avoiding the diminutive brand in favor of more mainstream car makers.
But Daimler has a plan to lure customers back, and it centers on offering the cheapest electric car on the market. But will that be enough?
The Smart car brand has not seen a lot of sales success in the U.S. for a multitude of reasons not worth rehashing. But the latest concepts to come from the small car brand could change attitudes…if it is actually built. The Smart ForStars not only looks good, but utilizes an all-electric drivetrain from famed Mercedes tuner BRABUS.
The Smart is super cute. It’s also tiny and has pretty much no storage space whatsoever; while the former is definitely part of its appeal, the lack of space to put things does put a few people off. Addressing that issue is […]
Cute isn’t a concept that car people – or tech people – often talk about, but how good something looks can be just as important as how well it works. With that in mind, I present to you the five cutest electric vehicles presented in 2011! They are – one might say – Electro-Cute. Number […]
Swiss manufacturer Rinspeed has a prototype all ready to go at the Geneva Motor Show next year – the Smart Dock+Go. The firm’s CEO Frank Rinderknecht usually shows up with some kind of new concept, and this year’s offering is a way to make a little city commuter even more practical. More Room, More Range […]
I sent in my press registration for the 2012 North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit Auto Show. I’m looking forward to seeing what automakers launch the next year with, and it appears as though I will have to stop by the Smart booth this year. This morning Smart announced that it […]
The third generation of the electric Smart Car first seen in 2007 – the SmartForTwo ED – will be presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The little car is quicker than before, with a top speed of 75mph, and has an improved range of 87 miles. The power train was redesigned, nearly doubling […]