• Jul 14th 2010 at 6:01PM
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When you're already known for producing what basically amounts to the smallest vehicle currently available for public consumption, what do you do for an encore presentation? Go even smaller, of course. In the case of the Smart brand, that means cutting the total wheel count in half. That's right, a scooter.

According to Autocar, Daimler's littlest auto brand is planning to debut a new plug-in electric scooter at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. According to a "senior Mercedes-Benz official":
Smart was originally established to tackle the need for improved mobility, especially in congested city environments. Up to now we have concentrated our efforts on four-wheel solutions. The next stage is to look at how to expand beyond this with other environmentally friendly vehicles.
If true, this electric scooter may be seen as a response to longtime German rival BMW's efforts in the two-wheeled arena. In fact, BMW recently showed off an electric scooter concept of its own called the C1-E, which was based on its previous production C1 covered scooter.

Just one last question: What are the chances this electric scooter will be called the ForOne?

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric scooter now? They're running out of ideas to generate sales. They should have made another smart roadster while they had the chance. Once one of the big four (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha) make an electric scooter for NA you can wave any smart "ForOne" sales goodbye.

      Mercedes-Benz should just sell the next-gen smart fortwo as a two-seat Mercedes A-Class and let the brand go the same way that Maybach seems headed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'll be shown at the Paris show ... and who mentioned anything about NA?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I assume smart will market it in NA considering how much easier it is to adapt a motorbike to US standards over a car. Still, with the Chinese and Japanese hot on the heels of making electric scooters, I don't know how Daimler will market something that will cost much more to buy and maintain. This could signal the beginning of the end of the smart experiment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok smart listen up. I am your target customer. I live in NYC and am unmarried and have no kids and am in need of a car for work. I currently have as my daily driver a 71 Vespa GTR with a P200 engine there is no way in hell I am going to buy your overpriced POS scooter but you drop the disel and a real transmission in a For2 Cabrio and we've got a deal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So then, you're not their target custmer?
      • 5 Years Ago
      We already got all of these things on streets in China for many years, The price is about 300 USD, and some of them start using Lithium-iron batterys, Good luck Mercedes!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, except yours are junk and have no range or speed. This will be a quality product.

        Does anyone remember the last Mercedes MTB they produced a while back? It was a world class MTB
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm reluctant to be excited about this, but hey– to each his own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They keep smart around for the fleet MPG average it allows them at Mercedes, and for not a reason more.

      If not for that it would have never been entered into the US market. They are just trying to find a sale wherever they possibly can for as little investment possible.

      DCT in the new car? LOL it'll probably be a 2 speed slushbox made by Tata in Egypt somewhere...or worse..a CVT.
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