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 |  Jul 07 2014, 10:41 AM

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Smart has released a new video that showcases the major differences in the next-generation of ForTwo and ForFour. 

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 |  May 01 2014, 6:46 PM

April Showers Bring Sales Power


April 2014 Sales Winner and Loser

After one of the worst winters in recent memory America’s northern extremities are finally starting to thaw out. In addition to longer days, spring is also bringing warmer temperatures as the sun wakes up from hibernation. But were April car sales as nice? Did better weather get more people in the mood… to buy a car, that is?

All told automakers sold nearly 1.4 million new vehicles in April, an increase of about 8 percent compared to the same month last year. The change was modest but headed in the right direction, and that’s what matters.

For the first four months of 2014 deliveries have topped 5.1 million units. That’s approximately a 3 percent increase compared to the same time period last year. Again that’s small but really there’s nothing to complain about. Here’s a list of top-performing brands along with the companies that didn’t do as well.

 |  Mar 27 2014, 3:35 PM

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Smart is releasing photos of its next Fortwo and Forfour undergoing winter testing while wearing camouflage. 

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 |  Jan 22 2014, 5:31 PM

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The Smart ForFour will likely not be coming to North American markets, a model that was developed without the U.S. in mind from the get go.

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 |  Sep 19 2013, 10:31 AM

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Spotted just after the Frankfurt Motor Show, our spy photographers grabbed some shots of this test mule for Smart’s upcoming redesigned ForTwo.

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 |  Sep 11 2013, 9:35 AM

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The folks at Daimler’s smart division revealed a new concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Supposedly their forjoy design study is a forerunner to a next-generation car.

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 |  Sep 05 2013, 9:00 AM

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The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is just days away and more automakers are teasing what they’re going to be revealing at the event. Getting in on the action, smart released photos of and information about an electric concept they’ll be unveiling in Germany next week.

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 |  Aug 02 2013, 8:31 AM

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Once the buzz of the auto industry, the Smart car is now as stale as the week old donuts the finance team left uneaten in the boardroom.

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 |  Jul 27 2013, 12:35 PM

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We are back with the latest installment of ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ where this week the choices will make you cringe with indecision.

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 |  Jul 18 2013, 3:01 PM

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Prior to beginning its summer break at its Hambach, France factory, Smart achieved the milestone of building its 1.5-millionth ForTwo vehicle.

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 |  May 29 2013, 3:32 PM

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrid Cars


2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel

People buy hybrids because they think the “H” word is synonymous with fuel savings. While that’s true, hybrid appeal leaves a wide grey area between mildly improved mpgs and real returns at the pump, not to mention the higher cost of entry into the gasoline-electric segment.

Toyota’s success with the Prius often leads people to believe that anything called a hybrid offers immensely improved fuel economy. Not so. Take the Honda Insight. It even looks like a Prius, but the two are on different planes.

Then there’s the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, which gathered negative press and was even named the most “disliked car” of 2012 by Fortune magazine.

Why is everyone gaga for hybrids when many would be happy with reasonable mileage? The mystery remains, but in the spirit of spending less time at the pump, AutoGuide has compiled a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient non-hybrid cars of 2013.

The list excludes electric cars and uses EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimated average fuel economy figures.

Disclaimer: As many know, the EPA’s utopian estimates are to be taken with a grain of salt. This story uses them for consistency. Please don’t write angry letters if your car falls short.

Honorable mentions: both the Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Cruze Clean Diesel deserve to be mentioned. The diesel Cruze will be available in dealers soon and according to the EPA, offers 46 mpg on the highway, but falls just short of the list for combined fuel economy. In the same way, the Cruze Eco uses clever gearing and cuts weight to save gas.

 |  May 29 2013, 9:02 AM

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Denver will become the 10th North American city with car2go service on June 8 when the Daimler subsidiary begins offering its car sharing service there.

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 |  Apr 22 2013, 12:07 PM

Affordable and Practical


GEAR_lowrez2-mainHatchbacks have a ton of versatility and use, and they’re also quite affordable, not to mention fuel efficient.

When it comes to the most affordable hatchback, there’s quite a few options out there. Unlike the Honda GEAR concept pictured above (which could preview a new affordable subcompact for the Japanese brand) all the cars on this list are easily attainable, and are competitively priced. Our top ten is seperated by a slim $4,000 margin from cheapest to most expensive. Check out the whole list, and see which cheap hatchback is the right choice for you!

 |  Apr 21 2013, 12:01 PM

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The crazy smart forjeremy, which may have drank one too many Red Bulls, is heading to production – wings included.

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 |  Apr 15 2013, 4:31 PM

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Eyeing BMW’s success with MINI, Daimler might be hoping to cash in on small car appeal even more with a product line to take on it’s rival’s smaller series of products. 

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 |  Mar 18 2013, 12:08 PM

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Mercedes’ engine tie-up with Nissan might yield a new car for the German brand if a report proves to be true.

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 |  Mar 14 2013, 12:01 PM

Because Creativity is Overrated


What’s the most important step a manufacturer undertakes when creating a new car? Building a great chassis? Getting the interior ergonomics right? Providing the perfect drivetrain to complement the new product? Nope. All wrong. The really, really important factor for any new car is getting the name right.

All joking aside, a vehicle’s name is very important. Slap a clever name on a car and it can help boost sales. Conversely, choose a bad name for a vehicle, like Probe or Dictator, and it can hurt sales. Manufacturers spend a lot of time and money analyzing potential model names.

Well, that’s usually what happens, but sometimes, the creativity well runs dry. Every now and then a new vehicle receives a name that leaves us all wondering: “Really? That’s all they could think of?” Not to get confused with naming conventions that are just lazy, like Mazda’s numbered sequence or Mercedes-Benz’s lettered sequence. No, we are referring to model names that give the perception maybe the marketing team forgot to show up one day and the engineers were left in charge of naming the new ride. “We are pleased to announce the latest from Hyonbaru Motors, ‘The Car!” Don’t laugh, some the following models are even worse.

 |  Mar 11 2013, 7:11 AM

Smart is rumored to be working on its first ever crossover model, which could launch by 2016.

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 |  Mar 01 2013, 5:26 PM

Today is the 1st of March and that only means one thing… February is rapidly fading into the rear-view mirror. How well did automakers fare in the second month of the year?  Here’s a look at some of the big sales stories from the last 28 days.

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 |  Mar 01 2013, 2:45 PM

Daimler’s smart brand has partnered with BoConcept, a Danish interior design company to produce special furniture and accessories. A jazzed up fortwo cabrio is also a result of their cooperation.

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 |  Feb 13 2013, 8:01 AM

The 2013 Geneva Motor Show will be playing host to some of the world’s greatest vehicle debuts of the decade, including the successor to the Ferrari Enzo.

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 |  Feb 11 2013, 1:31 PM

Spy photos of the next generation Smart ForTwo are showing the car undergoing cold weather testing. 

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 |  Jan 15 2013, 2:25 PM

In an effort to jazz up its lame lineup, the folks at smart showed off a new special-edition model at the Detroit Auto Show today. The cityflame package is the latest in a long line of special models from Daimler’s economy-minded brand.

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 |  Jan 10 2013, 2:45 PM

When the next generation Smart fortwo is unveiled, its proportions will be growing to help improve both safety, and passenger usability.

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