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  • Smart Forease+ concept

    Daimler's troubled minicar brand Smart has been thrown a lifeline by Geely which will help with the development of a next-generation lineup to be built in China and sold globally. Daimler and Geely on Thursday signed an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture based in China to own, operate and further develop the Smart brand which has failed to take off since its inception in 1998. Daimler doesn't provide brand-specific financial results but Smart is thought to be a perennial money-loser, with the losses over the brand's two-decade life thought to be in the billions of dollars. Smart's global...

  • Smart Forease+ concept
    Smart Forease concept spawns a roof for Geneva auto show

    Smart rolled out the Forease speedster concept last October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the original Fortwo, as well as preview design elements bound for future models. For this week's 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Smart rolled out the updated Forease+ concept...

  • Smart ForEase concept, 2018 Paris auto show
    Smart previews future look with ForEase speedster concept

    Smart this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the start of sales of the original ForTwo, and part of the celebrations included the unveiling of the ForEase concept on Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show. The ForEase is based on the battery-powered Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio but has been...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Compact EV will be first Mercedes sourced from France

    Mercedes-Benz on Friday announced plans to add production of a compact electric car at its plant in Hambach, France. The plant is the home of the Smart brand and has more than a decade of experience building electric cars, specifically Smart's EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour (previously Electric Drive)...

  • 2018 Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio
    First production EQ electric car is the Smart EQ ForTwo

    In the lead up to this week's 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz said it was planning to present the first production electric car from its new EQ sub-brand for electrified cars. This got many thinking the automaker would reveal its EQC electric SUV, which is currently doing the...

  • Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Geely buys 9.7 percent of Daimler in $9B deal

    Having just acquired Terrafugia, Lotus, and a sizable stake in Proton, holding company Zhejiang Geely’s international buying spree doesn’t look to be slowing down yet. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler on Saturday confirmed that Geely, which also owns Volvo and Lynk & Co., plus...

  • Smart ForTwo 10th Anniversary special edition

    Smart has been making news in the United States for more than a decade, but that's only because the quirky city car brand flirted with coming to the U.S. for years before it actually got here. Now, however, it's been a decade. To mark the occasion, Smart revealed the 10th Anniversary Edition ForTwo Electric Drive on Wednesday ahead of its introduction at the 2018 Detroit auto show. The special edition will be available for a short period of the 2018 model year. It features exclusive Sapphire Blue Metallic paint and a handful of other slight tweaks. Brabus 16-inch wheels, a Brabus shift knob...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Mercedes-Benz electrification plans: charting the changes

    Mercedes-Benz is currently constructing a battery plant in Kamenz, Germany, the second of five such plants that will be in operation in three continents by the start of the next decade, including one in the United States. The U.S. plant will be constructed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at a cost of $1...

  • Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Smart is the latest automaker to unveil a self-driving pod car

    Daimler’s Smart brand will use next month’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show to preview its vision for personal transport of tomorrow. The preview is in the form of the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, a fully self-driving electric pod car ideal for shared urban mobility. Some readers will...

  • Teaser for Smart concept car debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Smart bringing self-driving city car concept to Frankfurt auto show

    Mercedes-Benz’s Smart brand will use the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt auto show to preview its vision for personal transport of tomorrow. The preview will come in the form of a concept that Smart describes as a fully self-driving electric car ideal for shared urban mobility. That’s already a...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
    2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive priced from $24,550

    Smart was one of the first mainstream automakers to introduce an electric car when it launched the first ForTwo Electric Drive on the market late last decade. Smart is now launching a successor, which the company has confirmed will be priced from $24,550. That’s $1,200 lower than the previous...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
    Smart to become electric car brand in US, Canada

    Smart is about to become an electric car brand, at least as far as the United States and Canada are concerned. The head of the Smart and Mercedes-Benz brands in the U.S., Dietmar Exler, confirmed in a letter sent to dealerships on February 13 that Smart will no longer offer models with internal...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

    Smart was one of the first mainstream automakers to introduce an electric car when it launched its original ForTwo Electric Drive last decade. Now it’s become the first to offer a lineup of cars that offers the choice of internal combustion or electric power. That’s right. Smart has electrified its entire lineup, which means the ForTwo and ForTwo Cabrio (as well as the ForFour sold overseas) will be available with electric power. This also means that Smart is the first mainstream automaker with an electric convertible in its fleet. The Electric Drive versions debut September 29 at...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio equipped with Brabus Sports package
    Smart, Tesla bottom of pack for software glitches

    In a new study, findings revealed that Smart and Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], which represent two very different ends of the automotive market, are both subject to the most complaints from consumers to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding defects in their software systems...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Brabus
    Smart ForTwo gets more power thanks to Brabus

    Smart used this week’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show to roll out some Brabus-enhanced versions of its ForTwo and ForFour minicars. We’re not talking about the simple appearance packages we saw earlier in the year—this time there’s more power plus some chassis mods. Before you get...

  • World's fastest Smart ForTwo boasts 1,500 hp jet engine
    "World's fastest" Smart car has 1,500-horsepower jet engine: Video

    Engine swaps into Smart ForTwos aren't all that uncommon, but there's a special kind of absurdity with this one's 1,500-horsepower, helicopter-sourced jet engine. Technically, Mike West's Smart car wasn't the recipient of an engine swap since it retains its stock unit for on-road driving. Instead...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo equipped with Brabus Sports package
    Brabus package for new Smarts debuts at Geneva Motor Show

    Semi-official Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus has developed a range of upgrades for the latest-generation Smart cars. The upgrades, previewed this week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and previously spied in prototype form, are grouped in a new Brabus Sports package, though unlike similar packages from...

  • 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio debuts at 2015 Frankfurt auto show

    Fans of the third-generation Smart ForTwo that’s just gone on sale will soon be able to opt for an open-top version as Daimler’s minicar brand has just revealed a new Fortwo Cabrio. The car is on show this week at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show and confirmed to reach showrooms in the...

  • 2016 Smart ForFour Brabus spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Smart’s third-generation ForTwo minicar has just made its U.S. debut, and overseas there’s a new generation of the four-door, four-seat ForFour as well. Soon there will be sporty versions of both cars developed by semi-official Smart tuning firm Brabus, with the Brabus-tweaked ForFour featured in our latest spy shots. Only slightly extra power is expected in these Brabus-tweaked Smarts—an increase from the stock 89-horsepower rating to around 110 hp is possible—and we can see that the cars will have a more aggressive look thanks to new bumpers and twin-exhaust tips at...

  • 2016 Smart ForTwo Cabrio spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2016 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Spy Shots

    These are our latest spy shots of a prototype for the new ForTwo Cabrio based on the third generation of the popular Smart minicar. The new ForTwo made its debut last summer alongside a returning four-door ForFour variant. Only the ForTwo will be offered in the U.S.; it will be in local showrooms...

  • 2016 Smart ForTwo, 2015 New York Auto Show
    2016 Smart ForTwo makes U.S. debut

    The third-generation Smart car made its world debut last summer, in both two-door ForTwo and four-door ForFour bodystyles. The car has now made its U.S. debut, appearing at the 2015 New York Auto Show, but only the ForTwo has arrived. It goes on sale this fall, as a 2016 model. The platform of the...

  • 2016 Smart ForTwo Brabus spy shots
    2016 Smart ForTwo Brabus Spy Shots

    Smart recently took the covers off its third-generation ForTwo minicar, which is set to arrive in local showrooms next year as a 2016 model. Now we have the first spy shots of a prototype wearing some performance upgrades being developed by famous Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus. The bumpers on this...

  • Nu Big Thing Big Block Smart Car
    Big-Block Smart Car Is Back--And Faster Than Before

    The Big Block Smart Car is back, and this time the setup has been changed around. You may remember this high-powered ultra-compact from earlier in the year when it was ripping off wheelies and sub-12 second quarter mile drag times. Now the car has a new engine, a new clutch, and even a new name...

  • Smart Fortwo vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class crash test
    Smart Fortwo Vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Crash Test Video

    Daimler's Smart brand has faced many challenges in the past, but overcoming common perception is probably toughest of all. So used to huge SUVs and pickups are many customers, that they refuse to believe anything as small as the Smart Fortwo can be safe. MUST SEE: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster...

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