If you're a fan of Daimler's Smart brand, here is some potentially good news for you today. First, a pair of concept vehicles will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month previewing the next-gen Fortwo and Forfour models, and more interestingly, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has stated that are no plans to offer a front-engine, front-drive vehicle for the Smart brand, both reports according to Autocar.

There has been no shortage of concept vehicles from Smart in recent years, but with the Fortwo and Forfour due out in the next year or two, these concepts could be pretty close to the production designs. As for future products beyond these two models, Zetsche told Autocar the rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout is a "defining feature" for Smart, and a future crossover model will be based on the new Forfour platform rather than sharing its platform with a more conventional product in the Daimler portfolio.


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      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good move on Daimler's part. Smart cars are decent handling cars, they just need new transmissions except for the EV. I recently drove a Smart EV and it is definitely the better driver.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Realistically, a Smart car would have to hit over 55mpg. A Prius C can already hit 60mpg with good driving and offers good space for the money and fuel economy. Honestly, I don't see a real use for a Smart car these days. Americans don't seem to be very interested in micro cars, especially when many compacts are putting up better fuel economy numbers.
        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        San Francisco highly disagrees. This is still a perfect SF car. First to park wins the race!
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tump
          "I rarely see smart for twos here anyway, simply because we don't need cars that small." It's because most Americans are simply too fat to be accommodated by one.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tump
          @Gordon Chen Thank you. tump keeps saying that it's impossible to park anything larger than a Mazda 3 in San Francisco. I had a feeling he was misrepresenting the truth.
          Scooter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tump
          From a companies financial standpoint, San Francisco fans may not be enough to justify production costs. I agree with you that people may find it easier to drive in a crowded city, nationally, the numbers just don't support the argument.
      victoracer
      • 1 Year Ago
      crickets...
      funguy6713
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live on Long Island in NY and I'm starting to see many of these cars around...
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @funguy6713
        I think you've mistaken. Those are probably chevy sparks and fiats
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well . . . it is probably a little bit more aerodynamic than the current brick design.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      This "new" car is going to be so cost cut and cheapened it isn't going to be funny. They already give these silly things away, plus compound the expensive transportation costs to get them over seas etc. This is going to be another deal like Daimler did to the PT Cruiser, Dakota, Sebring etc...the "new" versions were worse than the ones they replaced. Look at one of those late 90's non-Daimler interiors versus the ones done under Daimler for proof. This POS is going to take cost cutting to a whole new level of pathetic.
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      A crossover coupe?
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Need to make it a practical RWD car. Designers need to take a look at old Fiat 600.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car in the photo with all that tape and camo looks like a future Smart lemons racing contraption, just needs some paint.
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