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Smart unveils ForTwo Sharpred Edition

Smart ForTwo Sharpred Edition

As if there weren’t enough special editions of the ForTwo, Smart decided to launch yet another limited edition of the tiny car which is known as the Sharpred Edition. It is available for the coupe and convertible models and comes with a black exterior with red paint on the mirrors and on the tridion safety cell. Other than that, it has a black grille and rides on 15-inch rims that have a brilliant black finish.

Smart ForTwo Sharpred Edition

As far as the interior is concerned, not much has changed in comparison to the standard edition, except for the bespoke floor mats, red contrast stitching and black leather seats.

Smart ForTwo Sharpred Edition

Under the hood there’s a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine that pumps out 70 hp (71 PS / 52 kW) and 83 hp (84 PS / 62 kW).

Smart ForTwo Sharpred Edition

Smart said that they’ll make only 1,800 units of the ForTwo Sharpred Edition and each of them will have a base price in Germany of 14,490 Euros, including 19% VAT.

Source: Smart via WCF

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2013 Smart ForTwo goes official

2013 Smart ForTwo

Smart has revealed the first batch of photos with the facelift for the ForTwo model. The new style adopts a more sporty look with its updated front bumper fascia, the emblem which now sits on the mesh grille (instead of the hood), a revised rear bumper fascia with a diffuser look, along with dual exhaust pipes mounted in the center. Depending on the trim package chosen, in the front bumper you can have fog lamps and LED daytime running lights.

2013 Smart ForTwo

Inside the cabin we find a new, more premium leather and fabric trim options. One of the optional features include leather for surrounding the instrument panel. The trim levels available have remained the same: Pure, Pulse, Passion, Brabus and Brabus Xclusive. The version which will be sold in the United Kingdom will probably be available only in three trim levels: Pulse, Passion and Brabus.

2013 Smart ForTwo

As far as the engines are concerned, these have remained the same and offer a power output ranging between 54 hp (cdi turbodiesel) and 102 hp (turbo gasoline). The first one has a fuel consumption of 3.3 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 86 g/km, while the latter consumes 4.2 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 97 g/km.

2013 Smart ForTwo

The 2013 Smart ForTwo will make its public debut next month during the Geneva Motor Show.

Source: Smart via Autocar.co.uk

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Smart reveals for-us Concept

Smart for-us

The Smart for-us Concept made its official debut this week at the Detroit Motor Show. It is a petite two-seater pickup that measures 3547 mm in length, 1506 in width and 1701 mm in height. It has been equipped with an electrically-powered tailboard that opens and retracts inwards in order to provide a 900 mm (35-inch) cargo area which is capable of holding and recharging two smart ebikes via the incorporated docking station.

Smart for-us

The Smart for-us Concept is motivated by a magneto-electric motor that generates 75 hp (55 kw). It is the same motor that Smart used for the fortwo electric drive model, and it has 96 lb.-ft (130 Nm) of torque. The pickup is capable of reaching a top speed of more than 75 mph (120 km/h) while its lithium-ion battery pack has a 17.6 kWh capacity.

Smart for-us

Source: Smart via WCF

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2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive launch postponed

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive


We have some bad news for those of you who were waiting for the 2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. A Daimler official stated the other day that the launch of the car will be postponed for three months.

Earlier this year when they’ve unveiled the third generation of the model, Daimler said that the car is going to be available in June, but now it seems that we will have to wait until September. As you remember, the car was introduced a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show and promises to offer better range, acceleration and charging capabilities in comparison to the previous generation.

One of the causes for this delay would have to be the quality control issues at Li-Tec, which is the sub-supplier that is in charge of manufacturing the battery cells that come in the new 17.6 kWh battery pack which is the result of a joint venture between Daimler and Evonic, a German supplier.

The second generation of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive featured a battery pack engineered by Tesla Motors. The new one will be able to provide a range of up to 87 miles and the car should be capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 13 seconds, thanks to the installation of a larger 30 kilowatt motor. While the 2nd generation model can reach a top speed of 62 mph, the new model should be able to hit a maximum speed of 75 mph.

The 2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be available on order with an optional 22 kW on-board charger than can fill the battery pack in less than one hour via a compatible 240-volt charging station.

The anticipated price tag of the model is $22,000 before the incentives kick in. Daimler hopes that they’ll produce more than 100,000 units, making this the first affordable and widely available Smart model.

Source: Daimler via Green Car Reports

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Rinspeed Dock Go Smart ForTwo heading to Geneva

Rinspeed Dock Go Smart ForTwo

Now this is what I call a wired concept – the Rinspeed Dock Go Smart ForTwo, which will be making its official debut next March during the Geneva Motor Show. It will feature a modular mobility system that has a third axle which can be detached from the vehicle when it is not necessary. In other words, this Dock+Go concept developed by Rinspeed allows the docking of different “backpacks” on the back of the ForTwo.

This single-axle pack created by RinSpeed can be used for various purposes; one example would be for delivering pizza. As a matter of fact, the one that we will see in Geneva will be designed for the purpose of delivering pizza. RinSpeed says that it will have an incorporated heater. In addition, they also said that they can design packs for camping, skiing, golf, tools and for other purposes as well.

Rinspeed Dock Go Smart ForTwo

The concept is motivated by an electric motor that can offer a maximum range of up to 120 km. For those who want more than this, RinSpeed can fit the car with a pack that has a combustion or a range extender engine.

Source: RinSpeed via ZerCustoms

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Smart For-us announced

Smart For-us

Smart has announced earlier this week that in January at the Detroit Motor Show they will bring a new compact zero-emission pickup truck called the For-us. It is a two-seater that has been developed as part of a plan to extend the brand’s lineup by adding new models. No word up until now about the possibility to transform this concept into a production model, but most likely in the years to come this will happen.

Smart For-us

The For-us has borrowed the newly developed platform of the second generation of the For-four, that Mercedes-Benz developed in collaboration with French automaker Renault. Design-wise, it adopts some of the styling ideas we’ve seen back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show where Smart introduced the funky For-vision concept.

Smart For-us

This interesting concept has an electrically operated cargo tray which motors out by 280 mm at the rear for easy loading/unloading. Inside we find a rather simple cabin with a two-seating configuration and a 900 mm cargo tray that has been described by the carmaker as an integrated docking station.

Smart For-us

The Smart For-us measures 3547 mm in length, 1710 mm in height and 1506 mm in width, making it 852 mm longer and 161 mm higher than the current For-two. Compared to the company’s two-seat city car, the wheelbase has been extended by 613 mm at 2480 mm. In addition, the tracks have been pushed out by 50 mm in the front and at the back, now measuring 1335 mm front and 1435 mm rear.

Smart For-us

This concept is motivated by the same plug-in electric system that Smart uses for the For-two Electric Drive which features a brushless electric motor installed in the back that generates 74 hp and 96 lb.-ft, along with a 17.4 kW/h lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged at a standard electricity outlet and on the run through the energy that is recuperated during the times when trailing throttle and braking.

Smart For-us

Renault will be using that new platform for its upcoming third generation of the Twingo which will be manufactured starting with 2014 in a current Renault factory located in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

Source: Smart via Autocar

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Daimler Car2go Car-sharing Program Heading To France

Smart ForTwo ED

The Daimler Car2go car-sharing program is on its way to France via a partnership with Europcar. The first city to participate will be Lyon which will get a fleet consisting of 200 on-demand Smart ForTwo ED cars.

Just like all of the Car2go programs available in other regions, the one in Lyon will give the possibility to the owners to use the cars for as long as they want to, without requiring them to take it back at a specific time or location. The members who take the cars will pay only for the time of use and you can rent the car for even a single minute.

In the United States, Germany and Canada, the Car2go program is used by more than 45,000 people and consists of 1,110 cars. According to Daimler, this vehicle rental service has been a hit up until now in Hamburg and Ulm in Germany, Vancouver in Canada and Austin, TX. Daimler plans on implementing the Car2o rental program of the funky Smart ForTwo ED in San Diego, California and in Amsterdam, Holland.

Source: Daimler via green.autoblog.com

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Frankfurt Motor Show – Smart ForVision

Smart ForVision

Last week at the Frankfurt Motor Show the German automaker Smart showed us how one of their models could look in the future by revealing the cool ForVision concept. They collaborated with BASF for this vehicle which can be considered the pinnacle of advanced technology and a lightweight design.

Smart ForVision

It doesn’t have a regular roof like we have on our cars, instead it that one features transparent organic solar cells that are capable of generating enough power in order “to power the multimedia components” even in low lighting conditions. These cells also feature organic light-emitting diodes that provide light inside the cabin if one of the doors is opened.

Smart ForVision

In addition, the wheels are also special as they are made out of plastic and have a curb weight of only 6.6 pounds (3 kg). Other than that, the Smart ForVision has carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy resin doors, infrared-reflecting film on the windows to keep the cabin nice and cool even when exposed to direct sunlight, along with plastic seats that have lightweight cushions and built-in heating and cooling elements.

No word about what’s under the hood but most likely it has the same powertrain as the ForTwo Electric Drive model.

Source: Smart via WCF

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2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Debuts In Frankfurt

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric

The third generation of Smart’s electric version of the ForTwo is exhibited this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show and promises to be more than just an eco-friendly car. Launched back in 2009, the second generation of the model reached 18 markets and the automaker managed to deliver a little over 2,000 cars. It had a lithium-ion battery pack borrowed from Tesla that had a constant output of 27 hp (20 kW), peaking at 40 hp (30 kW). This allowed the car to do the 0-37 mph (0-60 km/h) sprint in 6.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h).

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric

As for the new one, Smart has significantly improved the lithium-ion technology and this time it packs a 17.6 kWh unit developed with Deutsche Accumotive. In addition, this new electric motor is more powerful than the one it replaces, being capable to provide a constant output of 47 hp (35 kW) and a peak torque of 74 hp (55 kW). The car is propelled to 37 mph in exactly 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). It has 95 lb.-ft (130 Nm) of torque which should make it more responsive at higher speeds.

The battery of the 2012 Smart ForTwo Electric should be able to provide enough juice for up to 140 km and you will be able to charge it from a regular household outlet in approximately 8 hours. If you get the optional rapid charge function that has a 22 kW on-board charger, recharging the battery will take less than 60 minutes.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric

Set to go on sale in the spring of next year, the car will be available in 30 countries and Smart says that they plan on selling at least 10,000 units. In Germany, the car will have a base price of less than 16,000 Euro ($22,000), but every month they’ll have to pay a battery rental fee which will set them back another 60 Euro ($82).

Source: Smart via Carscoop

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2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Announced

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

This week, the German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz revealed the third generation of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive which promises to provide more performance and a better driving range. The car will make its official debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and MB said that the car benefits from an entirely new driveline that consists of a more powerful brushless electric motor developed by Bosch and a bigger lithium-ion battery pack.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

The peak power has gone up by 33 hp over the 2nd generation of the car from 40 hp to 73 hp, with the nominal power rising by 20 hp from 27 hp to 47 hp. The torque figure has also risen by 7 lb.-ft to 96 lb.-ft, which will reduce the 0.37 mph time by 1.5 seconds to 5 seconds. In addition the 0-62 mph sprint time has dropped to less than 13 seconds while the car will be able to hit a top speed of 75 mph, which is 13 mph more in comparison to the outgoing model.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

This new electric motor developed by Bosch draws the necessary energy from a brand new lithium-ion battery pack which has risen in capacity from 14 kWh to 17.6 kWh. As a reminder, the batteries in the second generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive were supplied by Tesla Motors. This new battery pack has been developed by Deutsche Accumotive, which is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and Evonik, a German alternative energy specialist.

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

The bigger battery promises to increase the drive range of the ForTwo ED by 16 miles to a total of 87 miles while recharging the batteries will take eight hours while using a standard socket or less than an hour with the on-board 22 kW high capacity charger.

The car will be sold in 30 markets, which is 18 more in comparison to the second generation model and production will also be raised to more than 10,000, which is considerably more than the previous model which was made only in 2000 units.

Smart ebike

In related news, Smart also mentioned that they will be bringing to Frankfurt a two wheeler called the “ebike” which will use a 250 watt brushless electric hub installed within the 26-inch rear wheel and developed by BionX. A control unit mounted on the handlebar will offer four different levels of electric assistance while the energy will be supplied by a 400 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Source: Mercedes-Benz via Autocar

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Smart ForTwo Pulse Announced

Smart ForTwo Pulse

After the ForTwo NightOrange special edition, Smart unveiled another limited series model – the ForTwo Pulse, which according to the German automaker is the most dynamic model in the ForTwo family. Don’t get confused, dynamic doesn’t mean that it gets a more powerful engine, it only offers updated front and rear aprons along with restyled side skirts. Generally speaking, this special edition has sharper contours, making it look quite cool but a couple more hp would have been nicer.

Other modifications include the black door mirror caps and radiator grille, the wider tires and the 3-double spoke alloy rims. Speaking of the wider tires, the Pulse now comes with 175/55 R15 in the front and 195/50 R15 for the back wheels.

Smart ForTwo Pulse

The car will be available in both coupe and cabriolet configurations with an array of three engines: the first one is a 71 hp (52 kW) petrol unit that features the micro hybrid technology; the other petrol engine is the more potent 84 hp (64 kW) turbo unit. If you want a diesel engine, the Smart Pulse can be fitted with a 54 hp (40 kW) unit.

There isn’t any info about the price list of the Smart Pulse, but according to the automaker, the model will be available for ordering starting with February 1st and delivers will commence in April so pricing details should be revealed quite soon. We’ll let you know once we know more.

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2011 Smart ForTwo NightOrange Announced

2011 Smart ForTwo NightOrange

We haven’t heard anything lately about Smart so this comes as a nice surprise – the 2011 Smart ForTwo NightOrange special edition which will be available for both coupe and convertible versions. This Halloween-inspired edition comes with a very lively and cheerful orange metallic paint, black 15-inch alloy rims and a black tridion safety cell.

2011 Smart ForTwo NightOrange

Inside its tiny but spacious cabin, the ForTwo will benefit from black fabric/leather seats, a sport steering wheel along with a bunch of orange accents. This NightOrange model is based on the Passion trim level of the Smart ForTwo which means that it packs a lot of nice features, like the panoramic sunroof (obviously for the coupe version), air conditioning and electric windows.

2011 Smart ForTwo NightOrange

In addition, as optional features you could choose from GPS navigation, premium audio system, lockable glove compartment, heated seats and electric power steering.

The ForTwo NightOrange special edition can be ordered with a 71 hp (52 kW) petrol power unit that features the micro hybrid drive technology, the 84 hp (62 kW) petrol engine or with a diesel unit that offers 54 hp (40 kW).

This special edition has a starting price of 13,995 Euros for the German market and it will be available starting with February 22th.

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The Smart ForTwo tank needs no explanation


Remember the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X off-road concept that looked like it was the result of cross between a tank and a regular Mercedes-Benz G Class?

Well, forget about it, as a new Mercedes product is now quite literally a cross between it and a tank.

What model are we talking about? The Smart ForTwo city car, of course.

As you can see above, the guys at Gizmodo stumbled upon this really odd customization project, which took a regular Smart ForTwo model and fitted it with everything you would normally find on a military tank, from treads to armor and anything in between.

No details on if this unique Smart Tank is functional, but judging from the German license plate (at least we think it’s a license plate) it might be in working condition.

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2010 Smart ForTwo gets refreshed with new looks and options


The Smart ForTwo hasn’t exactly been the city car sales phenomenon Mercedes-Benz had been hoping for.

Still, the company is confident in the compact model, and has revealed the 2010 refresh to the ForTwo range.

As you can see above, the outside hasn’t seen any dramatic changes, with the new, optional LED daytime running lights being the biggest addition. A set of 15-inch alloy wheels can also be ordered, alongside an even wider array of colors, that can decorate anything from the body to specific components of the car. Also, for the open top version of the ForTwo, customers will be able to order either a red or blue cloth top.


The interior of the 2010 Smart ForTwo has seen some much needed improvements though. The instrument panel has been redesigned, while an optional three-spoke leather steering wheel can be ordered. Another new addition is a touchscreen infotainment system, letting drivers control the navigation, bluetooth connectivity or the audio system.

In terms of engines, the units haven’t changed, but their CO2 emissions have been lowered. The top-of-the-range Brabus version is now capable of emitting just 119 g/km of CO2. The most frugal in the range is still a CDI diesel unit, which puts out just 86 g/km of CO2.

Expect the 2010 Smart ForTwo to debut in dealerships this fall, across the world.

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Daimler and Renault Nissan officially confirm partnership


What seemed like a rather awkward April Fools joke is now official: Daimler and Renault-Nissan will work together from now on, with the German company buying a 3.1% stake in the two companies, while the French-Japanese alliance will also acquire 3.1% in Daimler stock.

As was revealed last week, the two groups are going to collaborate heavily in terms of small cars, including the development of electric versions for the Smart ForTwo, Renault Twingo or the Twizzy EV. Platform and engine sharing is also included in the new partnership, as key assemblies from the Mercedes-Benz A and B Class are going to end up on the Renault Twingo and Clio.

Entry-level engines are going to be developed and swapped among the all of the various brands, including Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Smart or Nissan. The diesel know-how of MB is likely to be used by Nissan’s Infiniti division, to develop better engines targeted at European consumers. Also, a diesel engine and transmission from Renault Nissan is going to be used on the Mercedes-Benz Vito.

Expect many other collaborations between the brands, as representatives confirmed this partnerships is going to result in “billions of euros in annual savings for both sides.”

What do you think of this new partnership? Is it best for both companies? Share your thoughts below

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