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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Smart brand in the United States. The company aims to celebrate this milestone by launching a special edition 10th Anniversary Edition of the Fortwo Coupe Electric Drive sometime this year.
The Anniversary Edition will be painted in an exclusive shade of blue which they call the Sapphire Blue Metallic, while the exterior will be getting 10th Anniversary badges to give the car some accents. It will be sitting on a set of 16-inch Brabus Monoblock VII wheels, painted in Matte Anthracite Grey to give it a little contrast. Overall, we think that it has a cool colour combination, with the dark blue body and the wheels that stand out.
Most of the changes for the special edition car can be found on the exterior. Though there are changes in the cabin, they may not be as significant. And the only obvious ones include the Brabus-supplied parts for the shift knob and floor mats. Unlike the regular model, the 10th Anniversary Edition model will be getting the Sport Package as a standard. This means that it will be getting brushed stainless steel pedal covers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.Read the entire article Smart will launch special-edition Fortwo to celebrate 10th year in the US
Finally, a fully electric car without steering wheels and pedals is here. Thanks to Smart as they revealed their newest concept car a few days before the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Smart's concept, the Vision EQ ForTwo, focuses more on car sharing as opposed to building a personal vehicle amid the aims of big cities to manage traffic. The concept is a two-seater compact vehicle equipped with an advanced autonomous system.
Daimler's master plan by 2022 is to release 10 production electric vehicles, with the newly established EQ brand. And the Vision EQ ForTwo might be a preview of what we can expect from them. The company also said that their future electric vehicles will range in size from a compact Smart model to a large SUV that carries the Mercedes badge.
This concept actually is a reflection of Daimler’s CASE strategy they mentioned earlier, which stands for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric”. This strategy is set to take place in 2030 and beyond.Read the entire article Smart Vision EQ ForTwo might be the future of car sharing
For those wondering what having a luxury lifestyle entails, it is about revealing extravagance at every chance. No wonder many car enthusiasts are intrigued with the idea of a Smart Fortwo being reimagined as a Maybach.
Done by Peisert Design, one interesting change is that the front fascia has become flashy. Another thing that perks up the interest of many fans is how the design manages to effortlessly blend the large wheels to the micro car shape of the Smart. For those who want specifics, these are the 22-inch wheels inspired by the Maybach S650. Meanwhile, the front lights and the front grille are based mainly from the Maybach 6 Concept.
Interior-wise Peisert Design used some of the features from the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. An excellent example is the full-length glass infotainment system/instrument cluster. Further, fitted to it are two electric motors which drive each wheel. Finally, since it comes from a tradition of luxury, both the sides and the roof utilize carbon fiber panels.Read the entire article Peisert Design shows Smart Fortwo reimagined as Maybach
Daimler AG, through its Smart division, has disclosed that its two electric models, the Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour are now open for orders in Germany. Official market launch is scheduled in June.
The ForTwo is priced starting at €21,940 with the ForFour having a price of €22,600. However, since the electric drive models of the brand have been certified to be qualified to be part of the Germany’s environmental incentive scheme, this means that the price can be lowered by at least €4,000. This means that the ForTwo can be purchased at €17,558.84 with the ForFour now available at €18,220.
For those who want something from a higher range, the ForTwo Cabrio Electric Drive is a good option. With a starting price of €25,200, the green bonus means that this is now priced at around €21,000. If that’s still not enough, there is also the ForTwo Electric Drive Greenflash which comes in at €27,839. Still with the eco bonus, this goes down to €23,459. With the added amount, customers get design accents on the exterior with the interior showcasing some features in electric green.Read the entire article Smart launches ForTwo and ForFour ElectricDrive in Germany
If you have a penchant for the gasoline version of Smart’s ForTwo small coupe and small convertible, better arrange your finances and get a unit before September 2017. That’s because Smart will soon discontinue sales of its conventionally powered small vehicles in North America, including the United States and Canada, according to reports from Automotive News and German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
This development came after Smart dealers in the US and Canada received a game-changing letter from Mercedes-Benz USA chief executive Dietmar Exler. In the letter, Exler noted that Smart’s current product portfolio is facing some challenges brought by developments within the micro-car segment. He then said that as Smart launches the fourth generation of the Smart ForTwo electric drive in the summer, the brand’s product lineup in the US and Canada will include only zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabriolet.
Exler’s statement effectively meant the imminent discontinuation of its conventionally powered products. More specifically, Smart will discontinue the production and sales of gasoline-powered offerings after the 2017 model year – only in the US and Canada. Smart will still offer gasoline-powered small cars in other markets.Read the entire article Smart to stop sales of gasoline-powered models, focus on electric cars in US
Introducing the new smart BRABUS, a version of the smart vehicles made for nimble and agile urban driving with a bit twist of performance. It will be available in fortwo, fortwo cabrio and forfour versions, with sales set to commence in Europe in July 2016.
Making its global debut at the 2016 Beijing Automotive Exhibition, the new smart Brabus is powered by a dynamic turbo engine that provides 5 kW more output to 80 kW (109 hp) at 5,750 rpm and 23 Nm more torque to 170 Nm at 2,000 rpm.
This allows the smart BRABUS to deliver a sporty level of performance unseen in its segment. In fact, this turbo engine enables the smart BRABUS fortwo to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds and the smart BRABUS forfour to achieve a top speed of up to 180 km/h. With this level of performance, the new smart BRABUS is more dynamic than any previous standard smart.Read the entire article Smart introduces sporty smart BRABUS with 109 hp and 170 Nm
Smart’s “The Sound of Christmas” campaign is in full blast. Through this, smart is giving its fans the opportunity to exercise their creative muscle to fully express the spirit of Christmas according to their own inclinations. With their compositions, they can then create their own personalized Christmas greeting for their friends and family that they can share on their social media accounts.
Here’s the meaty part of this holiday campaign – popular songwriter Graham Candy has written the musical backup for the sound tracks, which will also include the Discoball smart as part of the instrumental accompaniment.
This is perhaps the sweetest way one can celebrate the Christmas season, by saying “Merry Christmas” in their own unique way. Specifically, people can create their own versions of the Christmas Song, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” by combining four different soundtracks that they can find at www.smart.com/christmas.Read the entire article Smart kicks off “The Sound of Christmas” campaign, invites fans to create their own music
The upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show is the venue for the unveiling of the open-top version of the smart fortwo, which will be launched in the United States. The new fortwo cabrio is said to be three cars in one – all transformations done with a touch of a button. At its initial form, the fortwo cabrio is a closed two-seater.
However, it can be transformed into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof. It can also be transformed into a full-fledged cabriolet with the opened soft top for an open air driving experience. These transformations have been made possible by the "tritop" folding soft top and the removable roof bars.
Also, the smart fortwo cabrio is considered to be the only true cabriolet in its vehicle class. The fortwo cabrio takes only 12 seconds to fully open at a push of a button. Even when the vehicle is being driven at top speed, it won’t take a long time before occupants could enjoy the sun.Read the entire article 2016 Smart ForTwo Cabrio is now official ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show
The Smart minicar brand believes that China could surpass Germany and Italy as the largest market for its vehicles, according to Smart chief executive Annette Winkler. She remarked to Reuters that at the start, there were doubts that Smart could become successful in China since typically, the country’s premium market is about big cars.
However, in some months of 2014, China proved to be one of the top global markets for Smart as sales of premium compact models starts to pick up. Smart has been in China for five years and posted sales of around 17,500 cars in the country in 2013.
Daniel Lescow, the brand’s chief for China, told Reuters that Smart is expected to post a slight growth this year to record sales, no thanks partly to model changes. However, Lescow expects the volume to grow further after the brand rolls out new Smart two-seater and Smart four-seater in China.Read the entire article China will be the largest market for Smart, CEO says
Almost two weeks ago, Smart introduced the second-generation ForTwo and ForFour models and told us something about the Edition 1, but didn’t show us any photos. Today, the first photos showing the 2015 Smart ForFour Edition 1 emerged on the Web.
Available for a limited period, the new edition features a tridion safety cell in Lava Orange which is combined with body panels/body in white on the ForTwo and Graphite Grey on the ForFour.
Moreover, the vehicle comes with the Edition 1 badge on the B-pillar and a chromed tailpipe for the exhaust system. In addition, there is a gloss black front grille but also a panoramic roof, as well as a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels and a new sports suspension that lowers the vehicle by 10 mm.Read the entire article 2015 Smart ForFour Edition 1 unveiled
The 2015 smart fortwo and forfour cars will feature HARMAN’s JBL sound. This marks that HARMAN, a premium global audio and infotainment group, has provided in-vehicle audio for smart, deepening its relations with the Daimler Group in the field of in-car infotainment. The JBL-equipped smart fortwo and forfour cars made their global debut on July 16 in Berlin and will hit the roads later this year.
The JBL sound system is expected to allow drivers and passengers of the fortwo and the forfour to obtain an ultimate listening experience while on the go. Designers and engineers at both JBL and smart worked together to develop a customized audio system that would surely pave way for an optimal sound in the compact interior of the cars.
For example, JBL and smart rendered the subwoofer removable to make the trunk more spacious when drivers need to carry extra baggage. Likewise, the well-defined JBL sound supports the illusion of driving in a spacious car.Read the entire article Harman JBL sound system finds its way into 2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour
Daimler officially introduced today the all-new 2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour models and announced that the new vehicles will arrive in Europe in November. The 2015 Smart ForTwo will be priced under 11,000 euros (model powered by the 71 hp engine), while the 2015 Smart ForFour will cost around 600 euros more with the same engine.
As you can see from the photos, the new models are inspired by the FourJoy Concept that made its debut back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and is a big step over its predecessor. According to the official press release, the 2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour models will offer new three-cylinder engines and dual clutch transmission.
Two engines will be available at the market launch: a naturally aspirated engine that delivers 71 hp (52 kW) from a capacity of 999 cc and 91 Nm of torque at 2850 rpm; a 898 cc turbo engine delivers 90 hp (66 kW) and 135 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. A few months after the market launch, Smart will offer a basic petrol engine that delivers 60 hp (45 kW). Engines will be available with a five-speed manual transmission but also the twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission.Read the entire article 2015 Smart ForTwo, ForFour models make their official debut
Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of German carmaker Daimler AG, is confident that the all-new Smart ForFour minicar will be successful and will help the brand post its first profit. He remarked that the ForFour is an extended ForTwo, having the attributes of the latter like wider interior relative to length and a rear-mounted engine.
Annette Winkler, chief of the Smart brand, described the ForFour as “the station wagon version of the ForTwo.” Smart rolled out the ForTwo in 1997 and the vehicle was an instant success being as the only two-seat microcar available in the market.
The original ForFour, however, failed to claim similar success. After its launch in 2004, the ForFour was discontinued in June 2006 with just 133,000 units sold. Daimler co-developed the all-new ForFour with Renault.Read the entire article Daimler CEO is confident of success of new Smart ForFour
Consumers in Europe will welcome the arrival of the new Smart ForFour car this year, but those in the United States will not. Smart boss Annette Winkler said during the Detroit auto show that they have yet to decide whether to homologate the ForFour for the US, since the Daimler unit is still unsure whether there is a big enough market in the country for the car to justify the cost of homologation.
According to Winkler, the redesigned ForTwo -- which is wider and roomier than the current model -- may be enough to increase US sales. "There are other regulations to comply with, and to achieve what is needed here costs extra money," she said. Smart posted a 7-percent drop in sales in the US to 9,264 units in 2013.
Steve Cannon, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, remarked that Smart is more of a 10,000 unit niche player than a volume brand. He added that Smart’s fuel economy will help Mercedes-Benz comply with stringent future corporate average fuel economy regulations.Read the entire article New Smart ForFour not expected in the United States this year due to high costs
Smart’s third-generation ForTwo model is now in the final phase of a three-year test and development program. Smart is planning to unveil the third-generation ForTwo in 2014. The latest ForTwo hatchback represents a new chapter for Smart, which recently obtained greater independence from Daimler. Smart chief executive Annette Winkler is aiming to stop years of financial bleeding after almost a decade of rebuilding.
The third-generation ForTwo, known internally as project C453, is being developed in a joint engineering program with the second-generation ForFour and sister car third-generation Renault Twingo. All three models are based on a newly developed rear-engined/rear-wheel-drive platform structure. Its engineering is led by Smart with input from Renault.
The new platform structure, which is conceived to support different wheelbases and track widths, features more high-strength steel than that one employed in the second-generation ForTwo, providing more rigidity and improved safety.Read the entire article Third-gen Smart ForTwo now in final phase of testing, will debut in 2014
Smart has introduced the FourJoy Concept last week but the vehicle made its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new concept car is said to be a preview for the second-generation ForFour. The concept doesn’t have doors, a roof and tailgate but its shape and silhouette are close to the production version.
Many of its design cues are similar to those of the first-generation. However, the concept is fitted with a big front grille that showcases the big emblem and a honeycomb structure is visible on the structure of the air inlets of the front and the body surfaces, stylish headlights and taillights.
It also has an exciting new feature – the very prominent tridion cell. It is built of polished full-aluminium and its brilliant bright lustre finish highlights the brand’s premium character.Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Smart FourJoy Concept previews the next-generation ForFour [Live Photos]
Smart officially unveiled the FourJoy Concept ahead of 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new concept car previews the second-generation ForFour and although it has no doors, roof and tailgate, the shape and silhouette of the concept is described as being close to the production version.
We have numerous design elements borrowed from the first-generation but the concept also come with a large front grille that displays the big emblem, a honeycomb structure is seen on the structure of the air inlets of the front and the body surfaces, stylish headlights and taillights.
The extremely pronounced tridion cell is a new feature. On the study it is made of polished full-aluminium and its brilliant bright lustre finish emphasises the premium character of the brand.Read the entire article 2013 Frankfurt Preview: Smart FourJoy Concept is now official
Mark Webster, the recently appointed general manager of Smart USA, expects the brand to post a little growth in the next two years. Webster's expectation comes despite the rollout of an electric vehicle and plans for four special-edition models. Smart USA logged a 92-percent surge in sales of its ForTwo microcar to 10,009 units in 2012, after parent Daimler took over its distribution in the United States from Penske Automotive Group.
The increase was also attributed to Daimler's move to boost marketing and employ TV commercials for the first time. Webster, however, said sales will linger at around 10,000 cars every year until a redesigned ForTwo is launched in August 2015.
He remarked that the recent rollout of the ForTwo Electric plug-in battery electric would not affect much its sales in 2013 since the unit would not be available in all 50 US states until fall.Read the entire article Smart USA to post flat growth in next two years, says Mark Webster
Mercedes-Benz USA has named Mark Webster as the new general manager of Smart USA, replacing Tracey Matura, who will become general manager of the central region in Chicago. Prior to his appointment, Webster was head of the company-owned Mercedes-Benz Manhattan dealership in New York. Matura’s new role involves being responsible for the region's service, sales, marketing, operations and dealer relations.
Matura has been general manager of Smart and was overseeing the brand's relaunch when Mercedes-Benz USA acquired it in July 2011 from Penske Automotive Group.
The appointments, as well as other changes to Mercedes' U.S. management team, become effective May 1, 2013. According the carmaker, the shuffle is primarily aimed at giving executives more operating experience. Steve Cannon, president and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, remarked that leveraging talent is “a great way to drive a company’s corporate culture.Read the entire article Mark Webster named as new general manager of Smart USA
A new unique vehicle is on exhibit at smart’s stand at the ongoing 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. The smart forjeremy is an extremely limited special edition licensed for road use, created in collaboration with internationally renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott. Smart will commence building the smart fortwo edition by Jeremy Scott this month and will make it available as a coupé.
The smart forjeremy will be available with either a local emission-free electric drive, BRABUS electric drive or a BRABUS 75 kW petrol engine. The smart fortwo edition by Jeremy Scott retains the central design element of the original show car – the striking wings at its rear. The vehicle’s tridion safety cell, door mirror caps and radiator grille are all painted in alubeam.
On the other hand, its bodypanels and 16"/17" Monoblock alloy wheels are finished in polar white in the BRABUS drive variants. The mirror triangle and rear lid feature logos and letterings "by Jeremy Scott."Read the entire article Smart fortwo by Jeremy Scott on display at 2013 Shanghai Auto Show
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