As expected, the new four-seat vehicle that Daimler AG's Smart division is will start selling later this year will still be pretty darn short. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, speaking at the Mercedes-Benz parent company's annual press conference, disclosed a few details about both the next-generation Smart ForTwo and the new Smart ForFour, according to World Car Fans.

The next-generation ForTwo will shrink by about six inches.

The ForFour, which the German automaker should unveil this summer before starting sales in Europe by the end of the year, will be tidy 3.5 meters (137.8 inches) long. That's about nine inches shorter than the standard-issue Mini Cooper (we're not even going to compare it to the Clubman) and almost two inches shorter than the Fiat 500. It's also shorter than the original ForFour, which Smart sold from 2004-2006 and was 147.7 inches long. Additionally, Zetsche said the next-generation ForTwo will shrink by about six inches from the current version to a comically short 105.5 inches long.

Smart's US sales were just south of the 10,000-unit mark for 2013 (9,264, to be exact), and Smart chief Annette Winkler said last month Daimler was unlikely to sell the Smart ForFour in the US because of domestic automotive regulations and the additional investment it'd take to bring the model stateside. Last February, a new Smart ForFour prototype was spotted being tested in the cold-weather climes of Sweden.


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      Spec
      • 10 Months Ago
      The shouldn't make them so short . . . it is hard to make them aerodynamic when they are so short.
      mycommentemail
      • 10 Months Ago
      I rented a for two in Spain a few years ago. It was a great city car let down by an awful transmission. I see a number of them here in S.F. but I'm not sure what the business case for them is outside of a few city centers in this country (U.S.). I hope they continue to sell them because I dig them, but I can't put my money where my mouth is on this one.
      BipDBo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good luck selling any more Fortwos in the US. Sales have been dismal hare because all parking spots are the same size and you can buy, not only a decent subcompact for the same price. Soon, you'll be able to but two Elios for the price of a Fortwo. They'll also be more efficient, and very likely, a lot more fun to drive.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Standard parking spots are pretty much the same. However we love taking my smart to events and venues. There always is a corner, cubby hole or irregular spot up front we can fit. The world is your parking spot when you drive a smart. I didn't buy it for gas mileage, I bought it because it's a blast to drive and it's different. Sold my Mustang to buy mine, which is a European version from 2003 and is almost a foot shorter than the US version. I love cruising at 80 mph on the freeway surprising people as I pass them, with the A/C on and stereo blasting all with a .7 liter engine and 6 speed trans.
        jpadow
        • 10 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        there are a good amount of them in DC, where they are great for parallel parking and city driving. Car2Go, a car sharing service that also operates in Austin TX, operates fleets of them, that you rent using an app on your phone - but a lot of normal commuters use them too.
          BipDBo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jpadow
          Who would buy one when the Elio becomes available for half the price? It's perfect for car sharing and for many fleets.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Gotta raise the BS flag on the length supposedly quoted from Dieter Zetsche. The current fortwo is 106 inches long; if the new one (the C453) is 105.5 inches (hardly comical, BTW) that's a half inch decrease. No big deal - smaller is better. As for the rest of the comments below - if you don't own one you're just blowing smoke.
        GoodCheer
        • 10 Months Ago
        I think somewhere along the chain someone said "point six" (0.6) inches, but someone else heard "six".