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Driven: 2011 Smart Electric Drive
Driven: 2011 Smart Electric Drive

With a jolt of electricity, the Smart Fortwo can become relevant—and refreshingly different. Further to the point, our surprising conclusion after a couple of hours behind the wheel of the new Smart Electric Drive is that, the Fortwo feels like a more appealing, fully realized package as an...Read More»

IIHS crash images from LSV and minitruck tests
IIHS Report: Low-Speed Vehicles & Public Roads Are A Dangerous Combination

At first, you'd see them scooting around college campuses or large factories. Then retirees and the gated-community set hopped onboard. Now, low-speed vehicles and their more commercial cousin, the minitruck, are everywhere, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is not happy about it. The...Read More»

2009 Nissan Versa 5dr HB Auto S Front Exterior View
Frugal Shopper: Five Most Miserly Models

Run all the numbers for overall ownership costs—including depreciation, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and the like—and you'll almost always find that holding on to that used car, or getting a 'new' used one, is going to be cheaper. But sometimes even cheapskates want a new car. If you simply...Read More»

Smart ForTwo envisioned as NYPD traffic enforcement car
Smart Sales Solution: Hey, NYPD, Ditch Those Cushmans For ForTwos!

It's tough being Smart these days. After selling a stunning 24,622 Smart ForTwo models in 2008, its first year on the market, sales sank 41 percent last year. Now Smart has started leasing, launched a car-share service in Austin, Texas, and even hired well-respected ex-Saturn president Jill...Read More»

2010 Smart fortwo Passion Coupe
Smart Offers Its First Lease Incentive Program

Jill Lajdziak has only been on the job a couple of weeks, but already Smart's new CEO is shaking things up with the company's first-ever lease-incentive program. Shoppers can now lease a Smart fortwo for 36 months at a cost of $169 per month, plus a downpayment of $999 and a $595 acquisition fee...Read More»

Think City electric vehicle
Official: Think To Build Electric Cars In U.S.

Think Global is a Norwegian based manufacturer of electric vehicles and is the same company behind the original ‘Th!nk’ electric car that went on sale in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Back then, Think was owned by Ford, which sold it in 2003 to Swiss company Kamkorp Microelectronics...Read More»

Jill Lajdziak
Former Saturn Chief Gets Top Job At Smart

On January 1, 2010, Saturn's former general manager, Jill Lajdziak, joined smart's American team as vice president of marketing and sales. Three days later, she was named the company's president. Clearly, she makes a strong impression. Smart, like Saturn, has been an under-performer in the U.S...Read More»

2009 Smart Passion coupe, offered on eBay
Heinous Car Pic of the Day: Pimped-Out Smart ForTwo Woody

Yes, it's a 2009 Smart ForTwo that's been ... ummm ... customized. Yes, those are wide whitewalls and teeny-weeny baby moons. Yes, that's two-tone red and black paint. And, yes, that's a surfboard on the roof. Note that it is NOT included in the purchase price. If the Lollypop Guild went to the...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi May Offer Gas-Powered i-Miev To U.S. Buyers

Back in June, Mitsubishi unveiled the production version of its i-MiEV battery electric vehicle. The curious-looking five-door hatch went on sale in Japan six weeks later at a retail cost of ¥3 million ($33,800). It runs off a 16 kWh lithium ion battery, which powers an electric motor for about...Read More»

smart fortwo edition limited three 006
Marketing WTF: Smart, Little Debbie Give Away A ForTwo

To be successful at marketing, companies have to shill their products in a variety of ways: on TV, in print, via editorial coverage, and so on. Partnerships with other companies and organizations can be a great way to generate awareness, too -- remember when Oprah Winfrey gave away those sweet...Read More»

2009 mercedes benz bluezero concept 019
Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012

Readers of a certain age will recall a time when America's roadways were clogged with Gremlins, Rabbits, and other fuel-efficient minicars. That historical moment was caused by spiking fuel prices in the 1970s (remember when Jimmy Carter told everyone to put on a snappy cardigan?), which rear-ended...Read More»

Smart campaign from BBDO NY
Adwatch: Do Smart's New Ads Look Better Than Its Cars?

The Smart ForTwo is impossible to ignore. It inspires adoration (because it's cute and convenient for city-dwellers) or antipathy (because it's ugly, cramped, expensive, and not nearly as green you'd think), but little in-between. That said, Smart's new print campaign designed by BBDO NY is awfully...Read More»

The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. Photo: Transworld Publishers.
Dan Brown May Sell Lots of Books, But He Knows Nothing About Cars

We hardly need mention that The Lost Symbol, the long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code, is now out and available at millions of bookstores and online for your reading pleasure. We do feel compelled to point out, though, that Dan Brown doesn't know much about cars. Or at least about Smart cars...Read More»

Smart ForTwo Edition Highstyle
Coming To Europe: Deluxe 'Edition Highstyle' Smart Fortwo

Nearly everything is shrinking these days -- electronics, the economy, the globe (thanks, Facebook) -- but with few exceptions, luxury automakers have been reluctant to join the "less is more" crowd. Bucking that trend, Daimler has announced plans for an "Edition Highstyle" of the Smart fortwo. Its...Read More»

Renault Twingo
Renault Helps Mercedes On New Smart, Plans Return To U.S.

No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about...Read More»

Lotus EV minicar concept
Lotus EV Minicar Looks Vaguely Familiar

Automotive Engineer magazine wanted to know how far Lotus could push the design envelope on a fully electric minicar. Judging from the sketches the company cranked out, the answer is: not very far at all. To be sure, there's some innovation at play, like the rooftop solar panels and the...Read More»

2009 Smart fortwo Passion
Trade In Your Clunker, Get Smart

There's been lots and lots of discussion of the merits of 'Cash for Clunkers' legislation, but it's now here. Or at least, it will be next month--which means carmakers are already rolling out programs to take advantage of it. One of the first is Smart, which points out that the 2009 Smart ForTwo is...Read More»

The smartEcolette collection
Smart Goes Trendy (Um, Trendier)

Small confession: we love Colette (the store in Paris, not the novelist). It's hip, it's full of nice-looking people, and it's just snooty enough to keep things interesting. (We're talking Paris, after all.) However, we're not entirely sure what the new, eco-friendly "smartEcollette" collection has...Read More»

2009 WheeGo Whip
Review: 2009 WheeGo Whip NEV -- Challenge To Smart ForTwo?

So why is TheCarConnection.com (emphasis on CAR) reviewing a neighborhood electric vehicle? Valid question. Answer: Because WheeGo has told us that their 2009 Whip NEV will make the transition into a fully highway capable model sometime next year, so this could be an up-and-coming competitor to the...Read More»

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