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Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997, the smart Fortwo quickly became a staple on the streets of Paris, Rome, Barcelona and London. It took over a decade, but the United States joined the smart party in 2008. The smart project was started by Swiss watch maker Swatch who turned the plans over to Mercedes-Benz for production. The name smart is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ART.
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The smart car is arguably one of the automotive industry’s biggest letdowns. It’s a classic example of over promise and under deliver, with Daimler billing the tiny two-door as a fun and funky urban runabout, but instead selling the most miserable form of transportation this side of a rickshaw. But what about the newly available electric drive model? Is it equally depressing or is it actually worth a test drive?
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Spring is here and the U.S. automotive market saw its overall sales rise six percent in March, shaking off the slow start to 2014. Compared to 2013, the seasonally adjusted sales rate has grown from 15.3-million units in 2013 to 16.4-million units and is the best showing since November 2013, and among the highest in... more
Smart is releasing photos of its next Fortwo and Forfour undergoing winter testing while wearing camouflage. The Daimler brand is giving a good look at its upcoming products by releasing a handful of official photos showing the masked vehicles. Last month, AutoGuide.com’s spy photographers spotted a 2015 Fortwo test mule driving in the snow. The... more
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. When Smart first began developing the ForFour, the automaker decided not to initially homologate the model for the American market. According to Smart CEO Annette Winkler, “what is needed... more
It’s that time of year again; time for extended families to cram together around an all-too-small table, eat themselves into a food coma, argue over football and be told by countless relatives how they should be living their lives. Yup, it is time to give thanks. At AutoGuide.com we have a lot be thankful for,... more
Spotted just after the Frankfurt Motor Show, our spy photographers grabbed some shots of this test mule for Smart’s upcoming redesigned ForTwo. If it looks a little big, that’s because it is. What you’re looking at is a test mule, made from the Smart ForFour, which is actually hiding new ForTwo goodies beneath its sheet metal and... more
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