Geneva 2011: Smart Forspeed EV Roadster Wins The WTF Award

We’re all familiar with the Smart ForTwo, which is a polarizing vehicle to say the least, but initial impressions of their newest concept, the Forspeed EV Roadster, which debuted at the Geneva Auto Show, are all lining up in one direction, and it’s not exactly positive.

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Smart Forspeed EV Roadster Concept Revealed Ahead of Geneva Auto Show

The Forspeed concept is Smart‘s interpretation of a zero-emissions roadster, based on the only vehicle Smart currently builds: its Fortwo city car.

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2011 Smart ForTwo

2011 Update: For 2011, the Smart ForTwo has been slightly refreshed. Under the hood, the 70 horsepower 1-liter three-cylinder engine and Smart’s “automated manual” five-speed transmission remain unchanged.

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Smart Preparing For Two New Vehicles In The Near Future

Although the Smart ForTwo hasn’t been warmly received by American buyers, there is hope for the quirky maker of diminutive city cars, as parent company Daimler is backing the brand with new products and utilizing their alliance with Renault-Nissan to give the lineup a boost.

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Hertz Adds Smart Fortwo Electric Cars to Its Fleet

Like a lot of people, you may not be willing to take the plunge and buy an electric car. But now, you can rent one from Hertz.

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Hello Kitty Wraps Available For Smart Fortwo

The Smart Fortwo is the cat’s meow – literally – now that you can plaster the world’s most popular cat all over it (and no, we’re not talking about Garfield).

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Daimler To Expand EV Partnership With Renault-Nissan

After signing a pact to develop electric cars in April, Daimler has announced that they will expand their alliance with Renault- Nissan, as automakers scramble to bring alternative fuel vehicles to the market.

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Smart Scooter To Debut At Paris Auto Show

As part of parent company Mercedes-Benz’s quest to offer “mobility solutions”, Smart is also set to debut an electric scooter concept at the Paris Auto Show, along with rival brand MINI.

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Smart Car Sales Stalling, Dropping 70% Year to Date

After an initial surge, sales of Smart cars are dropping off fast. Globally, sales dropped 20 percent in the month of July, with year-to-date sales down 17.4 percent. Declines are led by sales (or a lack thereof) in the U.S., which are expected to drop to a third of the record 25,000 units moved in 2008. In total, just 560 Smart fortwo models were sold in the U.S. in July, reflecting a 70 percent decrease in year-to-date sales for 2010.

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Car Thieves Targeting Smart Cars Arrested In Portugal

Police in Portugal have broken up a theft ring that exclusively targeted Smart Fortwo . The thieves were (not surprisingly) affiliated with an independent Smart repair shop, and the perpetrators had their stash of stripped down cars and spare parts seized as well.

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Smart Wraps Up the ForTwo With Customized Vehicle Wraps

How do you stand out from the huddled masses in traffic? If you’ve got a Smart ForTwo, there is a multitude of ways, thanks to their new vehicle wraps.

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Peel Microcars Have An Unlikely Ally (Video After The Jump)

Looking like a human-sized version of a Zhu Zhu pet car, Peel Microcars sold their wares for a brief period in the 1960’s, and cars like the Murray T25 and Smart Fortwo seem to be able to trace their lineage back to the Peel.

Powered by a 50cc moped engine, the Peel was not fast and its three-wheeled nature meant that there were some issues regarding how road-legal it could be. But for all its faults, the Peel has attracted an unlikely supporter, and as you’ll see below, he might be on to something.

[Source: Make:]

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Hyundai Genesis Tops BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF in J.D. Power APEAL Study

Each year J.D. Power & Associates does a study that examines the most appealing cars to consumers and this year there is one big surprise. The Hyundai Genesis sedan topped the BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF in the mid-sized luxury segment for the 2009 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

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SMART Fortwo 10th Anniversary Edition: Win Your's Today

On display at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto was one of only 10 SMART fortwos that will be built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the car. And this particular vehicle will be given away to one lucky person. But more on that soon.

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