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Smart dropping gas models, to go all-electric
Smart dropping gas models, to go all-electric

In the future, you won't see one of Mercedes-Benz's diminutive Smart vehicles stopping at a gas station unless its driver has a craving for a bottle of Dr Pepper or a lottery ticket. That's because the automaker has confirmed it will drop gasoline-fueled Smart models from its lineup in the United...Read More»

2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
What's New for 2017: Smart

After a redesign last year, the Smart Fortwo—that's for two passengers—lineup expands for 2017 with a new convertible version aimed at those who want to go al fresco in the city and a new all-electric model for those who don't have too far to go. Smarts are sold in certain Mercedes-Benz...Read More»

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet  -  First Drive, January 2016
2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet: First Drive

Great genre-bending cars are often the result of a leader with passion, to see it through—from conception to reality. Smart Automobile CEO Dr. Annette Winkler is the quintessence of that; the first ground-up redesign of the distinctive Fortwo lineup—including the new 2017 Smart Fortwo...Read More»

2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
2014-2015 Smart Fortwo Coupe, Convertible, And Electric Recalled To Replace Poorly Built Bolts

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 2014 and 2015 models of the Smart fortwo microcar. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those vehicles might've been built with poorly made bolts, which could cause serious problems for owners. ALSO SEE: Study: Repairs For Hybrids Are...Read More»

2016 Smart Fortwo  -  2014 Paris Auto Show
Smart Kowtows To PETA & Offers A Leather-Free 2016 Fortwo: Can It Save The Brand?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- the activist group that's best known for splattering fur coats with paint and saving Mazda-loving spider colonies from certain doom -- announced a much more modest achievement yesterday. In a blog post, the organization says that it has persuaded...Read More»

2016 Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour (European models), global launch, Berlin, July 2014
Five Questions: Smart CEO On U.S. Details, Fortwo Electric Drive

Depending on where you live in the U.S., you might think of Smart as an oddity, a fashionable little city car, a car-sharing staple, or a common conveyance for urban commuters. In America, it's a brand with niche status. That said, Dr. Annette Winkler, Smart’s CEO, points to plenty of room...Read More»

Older driver
Lincoln, Buick, Bugatti, Cadillac Attract The Oldest Buyers

Since the Great Recession, America's auto market has changed -- not just in terms of the cars we drive and the high-tech features they offer, but also in terms of who's buying those cars. A new post from 24/7 Wall Street discusses the brands that attract older shoppers, who now account for the...Read More»

ALG's Brand Perception of Quality rankings, June 2014
Honda, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus Are Consumers' Choice For Quality

Consumer perception is a very important thing -- subjective, yes, but it can be the deciding factor in the battle between brands and technologies. In the 1980s, for example, many consumers preferred the quality of Betamax tapes, but VHS offered longer recording times. VHS manufacturers waged a...Read More»

Smart ForTwo tipped over in San Francisco. Photo by NBC Bay Area.
Another Downside Of The Smart Fortwo: Jerks Can Flip Your Car

"Beloved" isn't a word you'd use to describe the Smart fortwo -- not in the U.S., anyway. To those of us used to America's wide open spaces and the super-sized portions of American restaurants, the fortwo seems dangerously, unsatisfyingly petite. Our own John Voelcker scored it a cautious six out...Read More»

Honda's award-winning 'Hands' commercial
Honda Takes Top Honors In Annual Auto Ad Competition (Video)

It's a big week for directors, grips, and gaffers -- and not just because of the Golden Globes. The North American International Auto Show is up and running in Detroit, and today on the show floor, awards are being doled out for the best recent car ads. The Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards...Read More»

2013 Smart ForTwo (European model)
Oprah Says: You Get A Car! You Get A Car! You Get...A Smart Fortwo!

Once upon a time, Oprah Winfrey was an American hero. She could do no wrong. Born to an unwed teenage mother in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Oprah beat the odds and worked her way up the entertainment food chain. She scored parts in movies. She shared her gift for gab on a hugely popular talk show. And...Read More»

Smart of Argentina's Twitter animation
Smart Of Argentina Gets Clever On Twitter

Nearly every automaker is now on Twitter at this point, and frankly using Twitter isn't that hard. Most companies use it for customer service, engaging new customers, and even teasing new product. But getting creative and unique is becoming increasingly difficult. Smart of Argentina seems to have...Read More»

car2go Smart ForTwo Electric Drive at Pacific Beach
Car2go To Have North America’s First All-Electric Fleet In San Diego

San Diego residents and tourists looking for a quick trip to Pacific Beach, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines, the Gaslight District or other local attractions or destinations have a new option: one of the 300 Smart ForTwo EDs in car2go’s all-electric carsharing fleet. Of course, there are a few...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe
2011 Smart Fortwo: Driven

"Wow. Can't believe you fit into that thing." That's the first thing we heard over and over again during a recent week with the 2011 Smart Fortwo. And the well-designed cabin deserves lots of recognition; at a long-legged 6'-6," this driver had absolutely no problem fitting into the surprisingly...Read More»

2000 Chevrolet Metro Coupe
Three-Cylinder Cars: Always The Odd Ones Out?

Three-cylinder engines have been used in quite a few performance motorcycles—including legendary collectibles like the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3—but among cars, at least here in the U.S. market, they've always seemed the odd ones out. Triples haven't earned a lot of respect or...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo
Kobe Bryant is Smart And Goes to 11--In China

When I saw this commercial for the Smart Car a little while a go, all I could think of was one movie that is widely lauded by biblical scholars, male slackers with low-riding, pizza-stained jeans, and most Caucasian men in their 40s who once may have been cool, hip and with it for about one...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500
Seven Car Brands With Bad Reputations For Quality

Quality means different things to different car buyers--everything from reliability to fuel efficiency to utility. It's nebulous, but it can make or break the launch of a new vehicle or the success of a car company, affecting everything from positive press to negative word-of-mouth reviews. Some...Read More»

2010 Hummer H3
Worst Cars for Teens, Part Two

Think you know what the worst cars for teens are? If you read part one of this series, you’ve got a pretty good idea. If not, you can always check it out. Here we continue with five more factors that parents should take into consideration when buying or handing down a vehicle for their teen...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo
Tell The World You're Going Green, And You Could Win A Smart Fortwo

If you're in the market for a new car -- a very small new car -- pay attention, because the Earth Day Network is giving away two brand new rides in a new social media contest. And all you have to do is make a pledge to go green. The good news is that the Billion Acts of Green sweepstakes is very...Read More»

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