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    Smart move? Daimler reportedly teams with Renault for next-gen minicar

    2009 Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Daimler brain trust of Dieter Zetsche and Thomas Weber has reportedly struck a deal with Renault/Nissan to develop its next generation of minicars due out in 2014 or so. As you would expect, Daimler will get a new Smart Fortwo ...

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    Smart uses hot dog costumes, street gamblers to lure customers

    Why not spend your time at the computer pretending to be maneuvering around a city? That seems to be the question Smart's latest advertising campaign is asking. But Daimler is actually interested in a different question. For some reason, Daimler thinks men dressed in hot dog suits and street ...

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    Smart CDI drops down to 86 grams of CO2 per km

    2009 Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Smart Fortwo CDI can be an efficient beast. During the 2009 ALD World MPG Marathon, the little city car managed to get 80.61 miles per gallon (U.S.), which is darn impressive but not exactly representative of how normal people ...

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    Daimler encourages you to design your own Smart, results vary

    Carneval Smart Fortwo – Click above to try your hand at
    Not digging the Smart Fortwo's two-color paint palette? Think you can do better? Well, then, you're in luck. Daimler, Smart's German parent company, has just announced a contest where customers and budding designers ...

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    Report: Renault and Mercedes to team up on small car platform

    Renault Twizzy ZE concept - click above for high-res image gallery
    According to a report in UK magazine AutoCar, Mercedes-Benz and Renault are planning to collaborate on a new modular micro-car platform. The new architecture would form the basis of the next generation of Smart cars as well as the ...

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    Forget Zipcar - Smart reportedly readying car2go car-sharing program in Texas

    Steers and Smarts - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Daimler announced in March it would bring the tiny Smart car to the big state of Texas through its car-sharing service car2go. At the time, the German automaker declared that entering the Austin market with 200 ForTwos was "the next ...

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    Elektromotive and Smart get serious with electric vehicle test

    Elektromotive smart ed - click above to enlarge
    Expanding the partnership between Elektromotive, which makes charging stations, and Daimler, the makers of the all-electric smart ed, the charging company is now the proud guardian of its very own fortwo EV. Elektromotive will use its new ...

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    Visionaire 57: Smart's new plug-in... magazine?

    Daimler certainly likes to apply the smart brand to all sorts of non-vehicle products, from art books to jewelry. The latest effort is a partnership with Visionaire (warning: bird songs will begin to play if you click), a publication that prides itself on unusual presentations in its annual ...

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    Woodward 2009: Invasion of the Smarts

    Woodward 2009: Invasion of the Smarts - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Typically, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan, is a gathering ground for classic American cars, trucks and motorcycles. As you can see from our coverage of this year's festivities, the 2009 edition ...

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    Smart upgrades 2010 Fortwo with more powerful diesel, hands-free system

    2010 Smart Fortwo cdi - Click above for high-res image gallery
    There are many adjectives that can be used to describe the Smart Fortwo cdi, but powerful isn't among them. Fortunately, Smart's German parents have just upped the horsepower quotient by a welcome 21 percent with a corresponding ...

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    smart gives electric drive version the green light

    smart ed - Click above for high res image gallery
    Mitsubishi and Subaru were the first to start production, but the list of major automakers that are going electric is growing. As rumored, the Daimler is adding its name to the list with an announcement today that the smart ed "is ready for small ...

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    Sound the alarm: Brabus smart ed features built-in exhaust note generator

    Brabus smart ed - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, European tuning company Brabus showed off a modified version of the smart fortwo ED. At the time, Daimler claimed that the electric vehicle came equipped with "fine natural materials [that] ...

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    Get smart: first U.S. incentive to buy a fortwo now available

    2008 smart fortwo - Click above image for high-res gallery
    Penske Automotive Group, distributors of the smart fortwo here in the United States, recorded an impressive 24,622 total sales of the diminutive city car in 2008, and dealers widely reported that they could have sold even more had they ...

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    Smart move: fortwo gets transmission upgrade

    2008 smart fortwo - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    The diminutive little smart fortwo may be the darling of microcar fanatics the world over, but it's seemingly always been plagued with at least one major shortcoming: it's rough, jerky and otherwise unrefined automated manual ...

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    Smart finally enters Chinese market for real, can it compete with the clones?

    Judging by the number of cars on Chinese roads that look very much like a smart ForTwo, one might be forgiven for thinking that they had been on sale there for years. However, it turns out the diminutive city car has never been officially offered for sale there. There are plenty of local ...

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    smart fortwos get half-price parking in 350 New York parking garages

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the smart fortwo
    Question: Should you only pay half the price for a parking spot if your car only takes up half as much room as other vehicles? According to Central Parking System, Inc., which owns more than 350 parking garages in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, ...

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    Bigger smarts - forfour, forthree, etc. - could be coming

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    Almost a year ago, 13 people squeezed into a smart fortwo. Yes, they were gymnasts. It might someday be easier to fit more than two people in a fortwo if plans to make a longer fortwo come to fruition. Smart head Anders-Sundt Jensen has told Automotive News (subs req'd) that an ...

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    London-to-Edinburgh smart fortwo ad not misleading

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the smart fortwo
    Recently, Daimler hyped up the smart fortwo's high-mpg ability by claiming in a television ad that you can go from London to Edinburgh, a distance of over 400 miles, on one tank of petrol fuel. This caused some - well, five - complaints that ...

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    These Smart accessories cross some sort of line, I'm sure

    Click above to see the snowman
    What you see above is part of Daimler's new smart-branded gifts for the holiday season. Specifically, it's the "smart 'winter magic' diorama" that brings us 75 percent of the way to the full collection of the "four seasons" series. You know, the one that also ...

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    smart USA sells fortwo number 20,000

    When smart first decided to offer its diminutive fortwo in the United States, the automaker and Penske, the U.S. distributor, pegged a goal of 20,000 sales for its first year. That mark has come and gone, a full two months ahead of schedule. In early August, we heard that Penske had raised its ...


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