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Smart is a brand of microcar currently operated by Daimler-Benz in the US. Originally begun as a project by Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch, the Smart Fortwo was co-developed with Daimler-Benz after GM and Volkswagen passed on it. Currently, the Smart Fortwo is the smallest car for sale in the US.

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    Rinspeed expands capacity with Smart ForTwo-based Dock+Go concept
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    Carmakers are constantly coming up with new innovations to advance the automobile. But, let's face it: most of them are rather evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. That's why, every once in a while, the auto industry needs some creative out-of-the-box thinking. And that's where Frank M. Rinderknecht comes in. The brain behind Rinspeed never fails to ...

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    Smart For-Us electric pickup making its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show
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    The lads and lasses at Smart have teased numerous different versions of their urban two-door in an effort to get more Americans to pay more attention to it. Car2Go is a worthy attention getter, and the Smart For-Us concept might be another, because who among us red-blooded U.S. of A'ers doesn't love a pickup truck – even one the size of a ...

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    Official: Rinspeed expands capacity with Smart ForTwo-based Dock+Go concept
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    Carmakers are constantly coming up with new innovations to advance the automobile. But, let's face it: most of them are rather evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. That's why, every once in a while, the auto industry needs some creative out-of-the-box thinking. And that's where Frank M. Rinderknecht comes in. The brain behind Rinspeed never fails to ...

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    Official: Smart For-Us pickup making its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show
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    The lads and lasses at Smart have teased numerous different versions of their urban two-door in an effort to get more Americans to pay more attention to it. Car2Go is a worthy attention getter, and the Smart For-Us concept might be another, because who among us red-blooded U.S. of A'ers doesn't love a pickup truck – even one the size of a ...

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    Car2go Smart Fortwos headed to France with Europcar partnership
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    The simple, amazing, but not quite perfect Daimler Car2go car-sharing program is headed to France with the assistance of Europcar. Within a month, Lyon will become the first city in France to participate in Car2go with a fleet of 200 on-demand Smart Fortwo commuter cars. A 44-square-kilometer (17-square-mile) area defined by Daimler will soon mark the ...

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    Daimler, Bosch finalize EM-motive electric motor joint venture
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    Daimler AG and Bosch GmbH have concluded negotiations, formally establishing a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to develop and manufacture electric motors. The JV, officially called EM-motive GmbH, will manufacture traction motors for electric, fuel cell and extended-range vehicles at a facility in Hildesheim, Germany. Under terms of this JV, Daimler and Bosch ...

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    Renault-Nissan, Daimler working on pair of electric vehicles for 2014 debut
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    There's now word that the Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan tie-up, a collaborative deal that was made official back in April of 2010, is set to expand to include a compact Infiniti model that will feature a platform developed by Mercedes-Benz as well as a pair of electric vehicles. These are all slated to launch in 2014. At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, ...

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    Daimler turns to SPX for Smart, Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle charging solutions
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    SPX Corporation has been selected by Daimler AG as the preferred installer of plug-in vehicle charging stations for the German conglomerate's Smart and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The agreement calls for SPX Service Solutions to provide charging solutions to European consumers and Mercedes-Benz dealerships. This deal follows a pilot program that began in ...

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    Smart whirs $4,000 ebike into Frankfurt
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    Well, if they can't quite master the business case for small city cars, maybe Smart will resort to two-wheelers as part of their plan to become the world's urban savior. First revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the electric Smart ebike shown here will go on sale in 2012 and is set to cost "just" $4,000 or so. For the time being, the intent is to sell ...

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    2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive priced at $21,886* in Germany, plus battery lease
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    For diehard fans of the Smart Fortwo, particularly of the Electric Drive version, 2012 ushers in the third-generation of the pint-sized electric two-seater. Aside from a host of upgrades for 2012, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive gets a very welcome price drop. Smart says the 2012 Electric Drive checks in at just 16,000 euros ($21,886 U.S. at the current ...

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    Special edition Smart Fortwo Brabus by WeSC headed to Frankfurt
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    Smart has teamed with Swedish clothing firm WeSC to create the special edition Smart Brabus tailor (yes, another one) to be revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the Smart Fortwo, the WeSC edition is powered by a 101-horsepower turbocharged gasoline engine and features a matte and high-gloss golden exterior from Brabus. The tailor-made ...

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    Frankfurt: Smart Fortwo Brabus by WeSC gets two-tone gold treatment and its own headphones
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    Smart has teamed with Swedish clothing firm WeSC to create the special edition Smart Brabus tailor (yes, another one), and it's scheduled to be revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It's powered by a 101-horsepower turbocharged gasoline engine and features a matte and high-gloss golden exterior from Brabus. The tailor-made Fortwo gets jet black ...

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    Smart Fortwo Electric Drive heads to Hong Kong for real-world trials
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    With the city of Hong Kong battling record levels of pollution, Daimler has worked up what it thinks is a partial solution. The German automaker says it will provide an undisclosed number of trial versions of its Smart Fortwo Electric Drive to select partners there. Daimler's mates in the trial, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Swire Coca-Cola HK, ...

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    Mercedes-Benz re-introducing Smart to U.S. because people are "not aware of the brand"
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    Hey Smart, where have you been? Oh, you've been here all along? Sorry, we didn't notice. As promised, in the face of weak sales, Smart USA will launch a massive TV, print and digital marketing campaign by year's end to try and re-start the struggling microcar company that Mercedes-Benz took over from Penske back in February. Tracey Matura, general ...

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    Daimler gets in on the electric bicycle game with Smart E-Bike
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    Cars don't get much smaller than the Smart ForTwo, but that, apparently, still isn't small enough for Daimler. So after having unveiled electric scooter and bicycle concepts at the Paris Motor Show last year, the Smart brand has announced plans to putting the latter into production in time for this year's Frankfurt expo. Why electric bikes, you ask? If ...

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    Frankfurt: Daimler gets in on the electric bicycle game with Smart E-Bike
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    Cars don't get much smaller than the Smart ForTwo, but that, apparently, still isn't small enough for Daimler. So after having unveiled electric scooter and bicycle concepts at the Paris Motor Show last year, the Smart brand has announced plans to putting the latter into production in time for this year's Frankfurt expo. Why electric bikes, you ask? If ...

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    Official: 2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive hits 75 mph, whizzes to 60 in 13 seconds
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    2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive hits 75 mph, whizzes to 60 in 13 seconds
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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #239 LIVE
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    We record Episode #239 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and we're bringing back a live cast now that we've had some practice. Check out our discussion topics below and chime in to help determine what else we'll talk about this evening. You can subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in ...

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    Mercedes will try to resuscitate Smart with new execs, ads, incentives
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    The Smart brand has been in flux for the last few years. Sales have fallen off a cliff from the days when the Penske Group moved nearly 25,000 units in 2008. In 2010, just 5,927 Smart ForTwos went home with new owners. Mercedes-Benz had enough of watching sales submarine, and plucked back distribution rights, sales and marketing of the brand. Now, the ...

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