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The Micro Machine Gets Smarter

The 2016 Smart ForTwo finally ditches that horrible automated manual transmission. But even beyond that, the new car is vastly improved in many ways, as we found out during a test in Portland, OR.

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Smart reveals the 2016 Fortwo Cabriolet with a new, larger "tritop" folding canvas top, three trim lines, two available engines, and a tweaked design.

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Brabus And Electric Drive Will Debut Next Year

Smart USA officials confirmed that the new Fortwo Cabriolet will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. We'll see the Brabus and Electric Drive models next year.

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Daimler is trying to convince employees at its Hambach factory in France to accept a 39-hour workweek as opposed to the current 35 hours.

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By-The-Minute Carsharing Now Reaches Into Queens

Car2Go is growing from Brooklyn into several areas in the borough of Queens to expand the car-sharing service's reach in the Big Apple. It's also adding 100 more Smart Fortwos to the fleet to cope with the additional users.

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So Much For The 'Late 2016' Timeline

Smart has an Electric Drive version of the new ForTwo in the works, but it won't arrive until 2017. Until then, the turbo two-door will have to suffice.

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Smart and JBL are teaming up in Europe for a custom ForTwo called the Forgigs with a 5,720-watt, 16-speaker sound system. It's going on tour this summer.

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Mercedes-Benz head of sales and marketing Ola Kallenius says that a Maybach SUV when the next-gen GLS arrives is the "more likely scenario" if it ever comes into being.

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Plus: Quick Hits On The Chevy Malibu, Subaru's STI Plans, Volkswagen's CC And More

We curate news and notes from the floor of the New York Auto Show, with a focus on how the Continental name inspired Lincoln's designers.

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South Korean Company to Officially Be World's Largest Auto Battery Maker

LG Chem gets contract from Daimler to make batteries for the Smart ForTwo ED electric vehicle.

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Video Shows That The ForTwo Fits Guitar In Back

Car2go adds bike racks to about half of its Smart ForTwo fleet in Portland.

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Smart and eyeglasses specialists Moscot have teamed up for a special edition of the Smart Forwo.

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Smart teams up with eyewear label Moscot to send off the outgoing Fortwo Cabrio with a special edition, unveiled in Milan and at the Geneva Motor Show.

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400 2014 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Vehicles Will Replace Carsharing Fleet

Car2go is replacing all of its EVs in San Diego with new 2014 Smart Fortwo EDs, ahead of the refreshed model's arrival in the US in 2016 or 2017.

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Smart Fortwo equipped with the 71-horsepower naturally aspirated engine can now be ordered (in Germany anyway) with a six-speed Twinamic dual-clutch transmission, cutting the better part of a second off the 0-60 time but returning no better fuel economy or emissions numbers.

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Smart Fortwo gets a bright send-off in the form of the special Flashlight edition Cabrio, launched at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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A high-performance version of the new Smart Fortwo was spotted testing without much camouflage. But just what will provide the grunt – and will the Brabus version finally make it to US showrooms?

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Those in the market for a city car with a bit of pep are undoubtedly pleased that Daimler has slotted a turbocharged three-cylinder engine into its new Smart Fortwo. But it's the only engine confirmed so far for US dealers, and with only 89 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque on tap, there's still room for improvement. Fortunately Daimler is considering just such a prospect.

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A Smarter City Car For Crowded Urbanites

In the sixteen years since Daimler first introduced the Smart car, the micro city car market has grown significantly to the extent that the urban-oriented brand doesn't just have more competition to contend with these days than it did in the late 90s; for the first time it has real competition on its hands altogether. In other words, while the Smart Fortwo once had the micro city car market almost entirely to itself, new rivals have emerged to challenge its dominance.

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Park Your EV Downtown, Get Free Minutes

Plugging in a vehicle to get power makes sense when that vehicle is owned by one person or family and – like most of the cars on the planet – sits still for most of the day. But when you're trying to share an EV, or a few hundred of them, charging time becomes doubly important. You need those electrons to move but every minute spent charging is time the car can't be shared.

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