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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. ...

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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 ...

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    Smart Fortwo gets the deluxe treatment from Boxfresh
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    Hard as it might seem to believe from its decidedly more spartan packaging, the Smart ForTwo is made by the same people responsible for the Maybach limousine and countless Mercedes-Benz luxury automobiles. But as seems to be the craze these days, the Daimler city car division has teamed up with ...

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    Video: Brabus teases new Smart concept, we scratch our heads
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    Of all the auto marques on the market, Smart isn't exactly the first we'd associate with high performance. That's where Brabus comes in. The longtime Mercedes-Benz tuner has emerged as something like Smart's own AMG – that is to say, the factory-approved tuning house of choice – ...

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    Vilner updates Smart Fortwo [w/videos]
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    The 2011 Smart Fortwo, despite all its trying, is a car that needs all the help it can get. True, a big part of the car's problem is that it just doesn't make very much sense for the American market. That said, it's underpowered, uninspiring to drive, terrifying on the highway, and not ...

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    Report: Forbes releases 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list
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    Forbes has released its 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list, and the outcome is not pretty for American manufacturers. With the exception of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the 2011 Smart ForTwo and the 2011 Nissan Titan, the cars on the list are all American-made. Worse than that, they all come ...

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    Mirrored Smart Fortwo Electric Drive: Seven years of bad luck if you crash? [w/video]
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    What happens if you take a Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, add a disco-ball finish and then throw in Electriconic Rock group Apparatjik? You get the mirrored two-seater shown above, as well as a rather odd video featuring enough flashing lights to push epileptics into DEFCON 1. The electric ...

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    Smart ForTwo Electric Drive to go on sale in early 2012
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    Smart ED – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The second-generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive (ED) is a limited (250 units available in the U.S.) test program model that Daimler will use to gauge consumer interest in battery-powered vehicles. Leasing the electrified Fortwo is ...

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    Geneva 2011: Smart ForSpeed Concept is urban green toplessness
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    Smart ForSpeed Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Here we have the none-too-speedy Smart ForSpeed concept. Well, perhaps that's not quite fair, as the diminutive Smart actually is plenty quick enough for its intended mission, which is to say it's fully capable of jetting ...

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    Penske blindsided by Daimler's decision to take over Smart USA?
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    On or off the track, Roger Penske is a force to be reckoned with. His team has taken the victory lap 15 times at the Indianapolis 500 and his business ventures have made him one of America's richest and most powerful entrepreneurs. Sure, the dapper, silver-haired septuagenarian has had his ...

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    Pics Aplenty: Smart ForSpeed tries its best to look speedy
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    Smart ForSpeed Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Daimler has been so kind as to serve up a heaping helping of Smart ForSpeed photos ahead of the vehicle's unveil at this year's Geneva Motor Show. As you may recall, the concept packs a 41-horsepower electric motor that can ...

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    Report: Nissan-based four-door Smart scrapped
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    Smart/Nissan Collaboration sketch - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hot on the heels of the news that Penske and Smart have split comes word that the Smart/Nissan collaboration is dead. Automotive News is reporting that the project, which was intended to yield a four-door model built off ...

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    Penske bails out of Smart distribution deal, Daimler takes over
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    2009 Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    So much for Valentine's Day. Penske and Smart have jointly announced that the couple is going their separate ways. Penske is walking away from it distribution rights, management, sales and marketing duties, but that doesn't mean ...

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    Chicago 2011: With two new models coming, "There is a future for Smart"
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    2011 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Smart has delivered its first ForTwo Electric Drive and the 2011 ForTwo is equipped with a suite of first-time features such as cruise control, navigation and eight airbags. But no matter the advances heaped upon ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you the Smart ForTwo+2?
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    The Smart rumor mill keeps churning and this latest image adds even more fuel to the fire. Thanks to some crafty, long-lens work, a photographer has managed to capture a diminutive example of a four-passenger Smart ForTwo. The 1:4 scale model clearly wears an extra set of doors and the wheelbase, ...

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    Japan unwraps chocolate Smart ForTwo for Valentine's Day
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    Chocolate Smart ForTwo by Q-Pot – Click above to watch the video after the jump
    In Japan, Christmas Eve is a romantic holiday during which couples eat special cakes. So what's Valentine's Day, then? An occasion for women to buy men chocolate, of course. Or chocolate cars, as the case may ...

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    Daimler reportedly patents new Smart roadster design
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    Smart roadster patent drawings – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We aren't quite sure what Daimler is working on here, but these patent drawings of what appear to be a Smart Fortwo-based roadster were submitted for trademark approval on November 16, 2010. The folks at Carscoop ...

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    Report: BMW, Mercedes experiment with upscale car-sharing
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    If you think that joining in on the car-sharing party means that you'll be stuck behind the wheel of a low-buck auto, prepare to be amazed. According to AutoWeek, both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are diving into the car-sharing world with programs designed to allow users to experience a slice of luxury ...

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    Video: 19 teenage girls cram into Smart ForTwo for new world record
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    19 girls in a Smart Fortwo – Click above to watch the video after the break
    It's the question that's been racking the brains of the best and brightest the world over, and finally, we have an answer: 19. No, it's not the answer to life, the universe and everything... it's the number of ...

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    LA 2010: Mercedes-Benz shows off Biome concept for LA Design Challenge
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    Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Each year the LA Auto Show plays host to the Los Angeles Design Challenge, where aspiring designers partner with automakers to envision the future of mobility. This year's theme was to create the 1,000-pound car, and ...

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