Smart has announced the production version of the ForJeremy that we saw last year in concept form at the LA Auto Show. Smart created the unique ForJeremy with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, which will be available as an extremely limited special edition licensed for road use. With its striking wings at the rear, the vehicle retains a central design element of the original show car.
Smart has announced that it will bring in its third generation 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive next spring starting at $25,000, making it the most affordable production electric vehicle in the U.S. A cabriolet model will retail at $28,000 when both models hit the U.S. market in the spring of 2013. The 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is also be eligible for federal tax credits (which run up to $7,500) or state/local tax credits, which will drop the price the final price down to $17,500.
Smart and BRABUS are celebrating ten years of working together with a special anniversary edition of the Smart fortwo. The first smart BRABUS model debuted in June of 2002 and now ten years later there is a new special edition model that will be extremely limited, since only 100 units are being produced.
The special edition model Smart fortwo is powered by a 102 horsepower turbocharged engine and gets a body that is painted in liquid silver with titanium-colored headlights and red BRABUS logos on the front and rear. The interior of the "10th anniversary" edition is characterized by a black leather interior with high-quality hand stitching. The trim parts are painted in an exclusive red and the contrast components and seat console come in black. A badge with the serial number (xx/100) draws attention to the fact that this is a limited edition.
Smart's current small two-seater ForTwo model is great for trying to fit into tiny parking spots in the city, but it's tiny size leaves little room for anything besides you and your one friend. Well what if Smart were to make a larger model, that was still a two seater, but had more room for your stuff? Smart has just released the first sketches of its new For-Us pickup concept, which is Smart's take on what an urban pickup should look like.
"We at smart love pick-ups - if they are small on the outside, large on the inside, very safe and extremely comfortable. With the smart for-us a petrol station is no longer required! And a storage area for the ebike is always available on board," stated Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler.
Although Smart is calling the new concept a pickup truck, it's still pretty small at only 140 inches long, 59 inches wide and 67 inches tall. It has room for two and two Smart ebikes in the back. A docking station in the cargo area also makes sure that the ebikes are fully charged.
The For-Us concept is powered by the same 74 horsepower electric setup as the ForTwo electric drive that is going to be released in the spring of 2012.
Smart has given us a preview of its third-generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive model that is going to be officially unveiled in Frankfurt next month.
The Smart ForTwo ED has been criticized for being slow with a poor driving range and high price tag. Smart hopes to fix these issues with the third-generation that gets a new electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The new ForTwo ED now has 73 horsepower, up from 40 horsepower in the previous model. The 0-60 mph time is now less than 13 seconds and it has a top speed of 75 mph. Thanks to the new lithium-ion battery, the Smart ForTwo ED has a range around 87 miles.
Smart plans to sell the ForTwo ED in 30 markets worldwide and production is expected to be boosted to 10,000 units up from the limited 2,000 for the previous gen-two model.
We've reached the halfway point of 2011. With that we have a view of what cars buyers are ignoring or simply hate this year. CNN Money has put together a list of 10 cars that it sees as the most disappointing cars this year.
The list includes some models that aren't surprising, like the disappointing Honda Insight, which has failed to steal away Prius buyers and the Smart ForTwo, which is just too small for American buyers.
Which models do you think are missing from the list?
Check out the full list after the jump.
The Smart ForSpeed concept is powered by a rear-mounted 41 horsepower electric motor that can propel the concept from 0-37 mph in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 75 mph. At least it only takes 45 minutes to charge the concept up to 80 percent and it can travel up to 85 miles on a single charge.
The new ForTwo will be available this fall and gets new exterior colors, including a new matte finish. The the front spoiler, side skirts and the rear apron can also be painted in the body color on request. The front end also gets new LED daytime driving lights and new 15-inch alloy wheels are also part of the refresh.
Inside the interior has been redesigned featuring a full fabric-covered instrument panel, which has also been redesigned with new gauges.
Smart didn't change much in regard to the engines and transmissions, although the 60-h and 70-hp engines are now cleaner.
The rumors were true. Renault-Nissan and Daimler AG have announced a new alliance today that will involve sharing and cooperating on the development of diesel and gasoline engines. The new partners are also going to combine their efforts to develop a new platform for the Smart ForTwo, a new Smart four-seater and the next-generation Renault Twingo.
The partnership also involves Renault-Nissan supplying three and four-cylinder engines to Daimler for use in some Mercedes models. In return Daimler is going to provide gasoline and diesel engines that will be used in some Infiniti models.
Lastly Daimler will now hold a 3.1% stake in Renault and Nissan and the two partners will also hold a same stake in Daimler.
The program will allow city employees to rent the cars for a few hours and then return them to a designated location. It's similar to Zipcar. Daimler also tested the program earlier this year in Ulm, Germany. If it's successful it will be expanded to other areas.
Normally crash test results involve a vehicle crashing into a deformable barrier, which most of the time is not accurate in the real world. Most crashes involve two vehicles crashing into each other. In these three tests the IIHS chose pairs of vehicles from Daimler, Honda and Toyota due to their subcompact models earning good frontal crashworthiness ratings. The Honda Fit, Smart Fortwo and Toyota Yaris all earned good ratings in the Institute's offset test into a deformable barrier, but all three performed poorly in the frontal collisions with midsize cars.
According to Dr Bernd Bohr, chairman of automotive component company Bosch, 20% of all new cars sold by 2015 will have the new start-stop technology. The technology turns off the engine when the car comes to a stop at stoplights or in traffic. This new technology will reduce emissions and increase the fuel-economy of vehicles equipped with the technology.
For months there have been rumors and internal statements about the possible sale of Chrysler, which would result in the end of the current relationship with Daimler-Benz. The partnership that was announced in 1998 has now come to an end. Cerberus Capital Management has won the bid to take over the Chrysler group for $7.45 billion.
Gas prices are expected to reach $4 a gallon in some parts of the U.S. this summer. Because of the ever increasing gas prices, automakers are expecting consumers to continue to flock to smaller more fuel efficient cars, such as the Mini or Honda Fit. Next year the Smart ForTwo will make it to these shores and GM has also shown three new small Chevy concepts at the New York Auto Show. Will these cars that are smaller than the current popular subcompact cars, such as the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris sell?
DaimlerChrysler has begun taking reservations for the its Smart ForTwo car that will be available in the U.S. in 2008. Buyers can reserve either the hardtop or convertible for $99. The company has set up a reservation page were people can enter their personal information and select the car that they would like. The $99 fee does not guarantee a car. Instead it is meant to help the company figure out where to distribute the car. The money will be applied to the cost of the car if you do actually buy one, if not it is refunded.