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As promised, there’s now a plethora of information on the new 2015 Smart Fortwo and Forfour, which had their global debut yesterday in Berlin. The cars retain their rear-engine/rear-drive layout, surrounded by an updated tridion safety cell, which uses a mix of ultra-high-strength and ‘multiphase’ steel to deliver maximum crash performance. The Fortwo also keeps […]

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While Europe and arguably Canada have embraced the Smart experiment, the company’s fortunes in the U.S. have been painful at best. For many would-be buyers, the current Fortwo just doesn’t make sense, even in the tightest most congested cities around – especially with relatively more space and fuel prices still low. In contrast to the […]

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Smart is transplanting the DNA of its existing design language and engineering into the next-generation ForTwo and For Four and a teaser video gives lots of hints. It’s possible the new cars will be fully revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but in the interim – based on past precedent of smart’s tendency to […]

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car2go North America LLC will launch its carsharing service in Minneapolis on Sept. 14, making it the first Midwestern city to feature car2go. A network of 300 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles will be available for shared use in the metropolitan Minneapolis area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration for membership opened […]

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Daimler’s small urban car is proving there is a demand for such a vehicle: the smart Hambach plant produced the 1.5 millionth smart fortwo. The milestone vehicle, a white smart forwo electric drive cabrio, rolled off the production line before the beginning of the plant’s extended summer break. Daimler said production will be paused for […]

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Prices for the trio of electric vehicle products to be sold by smart in Canada have been released. smart electric vehicles will include the smart fortwo electric drive and the all-new smart ebike. The smart fortwo electric drive coupe will start at CDN$26,990 while the electric drive cabriolet will be priced from CDN$29,990. smart Centers […]

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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. On the outside, the profile also hasn’t changed, but the front fascia has undergone minor cosmetic work to accommodate optional LED daytime running lights. Inside, there’s a […]

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What’s it going to take to revive sales of the Smart ForTwo? The 2008 launch of the Smart ForTwo—the only conventional gas-powered car rated above 40 MPG on the highway—was well timed for rising gas prices. When gas hit $4 a gallon in June 2008, dealerships had a hard time keeping up with the demand […]

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In Sept., 2008, German Chancellor Angela Merkel plugs in an electic-powered Smart car as Daimler head Deiter Zetsche and Matthias Wissmann, Chairman of the German Automobile Industry, look on. On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a summit on the electrification of the automobile, with senior executives from the major German auto companies, as […]

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With all the recent buzz and federal dollars going to all-electric cars, the opposite—and more practical and affordable—end of the gas-electric spectrum is missing in action in the United States. Micro-hybrids, also known as start-stop systems, use regenerative braking and battery storage to allow cars not to burn fuel while at a stop. Cars using […]

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