What you see above is part of Daimler's new smart-branded gifts for the holiday season. Specifically, it's the "smart 'winter magic' diorama" that brings us 75 percent of the way to the full collection of the "four seasons" series. You know, the one that also includes "Summer idyll" and "Autumn impressions" (we're still waiting on "Spring awakening" coming early next year). The two active Nordic types in the diorama, who apparently can't get enough of skiing and snowboarding on flat ground, are seen next to a 1:87 scale model of a smart fortwo coupé. There's also a snowman and some coneys, but you'll have to click on the large version of the picture to see it all. There will be plenty of good pictures or real cars coming from the LA Auto Show this week, but do yourself a favor and click on this one now, just to get into the habit. Other items in the smart holiday collection include an old-school digital watch and, wow, a pen. Who said the economy's in trouble?
Selected smart products for the coming festive period: Dazzling gifts from smart
Stuttgart, Nov 17, 2008
Stuttgart – The selected gift ideas from the smart range are as unconventional, multifunctional and stylish as the smart fortwo itself: with their sassy details and typical smart colour contrasts, these casual yet functional fashion items, handy gadgets and practical, stylish products from the accessories range make attractive alternative Christmas gifts.
Based on the typical smart combination of bodypanels with a tridion cell, the exclusive "Collection for the smart" products have a characteristic bicolour design. For a stylish look, the black "pulse" track jacket with contrasting lime green darts and stitching is the perfect choice. This casual, fashionable garment was produced in a limited edition of just 500. smart's own interpretation of the classic pirate symbol on the back is a real eye-catcher: instead of a menacing skull, here the usual crossbones are combined with the outline of a peace-loving smart fortwo. The same emblem also serves as an attractive attention-grabber on the olive green "pirate" T-shirt. Both items are available in sizes S to XXL.
Fashionable, multifunctional companions
The digital watch with black and green strap ideally complements the urban look, with perfect colour and design. With its sturdy stainless steel housing and hardened mineral glass, this attractive timekeeper is the ideal everyday companion. Plus: the packaging can also be used as a CD box – reflecting the practical, contemporary multifunctionality of smart.
The practical shoulder bag, made from tough cotton canvas, provides its owner with mobile stowage space. Its wide shoulder strap can be adjusted to length as required. The bag features a hidden reinterpretation of the typical colour contrasting concept: the outer dark grey cover is complemented by a lime green lining on the inside.
The cabrio scarf, made from lightweight, soft cotton, follows the two-colour concept particularly elegantly. Its azure blue fabric, with motifs in white including palm trees and suns, will whisk you back to your last summer holiday – or get you looking forward to the next one.
Whatever the season, the dark grey walking stick umbrella with reflective piping will provide protection against all kinds of unkind weather. The rain doesn't stand a chance. Another hot tip for cold days is the metal insulated coffee mug in black: this practical 0.3-litre vessel keeps drinks hot over long periods to warm you up whenever required, while its unusual rubber coating will prevent your hands from getting too hot.
The ballpoint pen made from varnished, polished brass is almost a shame to give away. Here the colours black, red or white – choose according to your taste – reflect the classic smart look, as they are modelled on the colours of the car's original paintwork. The extra long sprung clip offers an additional benefit – typical for smart – as it can be used as a practical stylus for operating personal organisers or mobile phones with a touchscreen. The elegant writing instrument comes with a sturdy metal presentation box for storage.
The replica of the smart fortwo coupé, like the car itself, conveys pure joie de vivre, and every detail of the vehicle is faithfully represented. The scale model is available in all current vehicle colours and in the dimensions 1:18, 1:43 and 1:87, and moves just as dynamically as its big brother.
The smart "winter magic" diorama presents the perfect winter wonderland to a scale of 1:87. It features a smart fortwo coupé in dark blue with a black tridion cell and light grey interior. The scenery consists of a wintery forest landscape with snow-covered fir trees, a true-to-scale snowman and two tiny hares. There are also hand-painted figures of a snowboarder and a skier. The diorama is the third in the exclusive smart "four seasons" series, and is produced in a limited edition of 999. "Summer idyll" and "Autumn impressions" have already been released in the same quantities, while the last element in the series – "Spring awakening" – will be available in the first quarter of 2009.
Perfectly protected and as shapely as ever
Selected products from the accessories range are perfect for ensuring all-round sheer driving pleasure. The exact-fitting car cover provides optimum protection against cold, wet weather and wintery dirt from the roads. After use, this hard-wearing portable garage can be conveniently folded down to an extremely small size.
The ski and snowboard rack gives winter sports enthusiasts additional stowage space for their sporting equipment. It has enough room for two pairs of skis and two snowboards. For the user to benefit from the rack's diverse combination possibilities, the basic rack is also required – its intelligent design makes it particularly convenient to handle: even when the rack is loaded, the rear window can be opened to allow access to the luggage compartment.
For those who want a generally dazzling and particularly dynamic appearance, we strongly recommend the 6-spoke alloy wheels with tyres measuring 175/55 R15 at the front and 195/50 R15 at the rear. The chrome look adds even more exclusivity to the distinctive smart design. The fog light rings, door mirror caps, and radiator grille and tailgate trim, likewise in high-glass chrome look, are also brilliant additions.
"Show the way" with this ideal gift for frequent travellers: the portable smart navigation system II attaches directly to the instrument panel thanks to a special mount. This portable guide with its 10.3-centimetre widescreen monitor was developed in cooperation with the renowned US manufacturer Garmin, is very easy to integrate into the vehicle and, at only 2.0 cm deep, is one of the slimmest devices on the market. The system ia well protected in the standard transport bag, and you can also use it on your discovery tour of the pedestrian zone.
The black cockpit bag for the passenger side is also a versatile helper. It can safely accommodate not just the MP3 player, which can be connected from here directly with the smart MP3 interface, but also CDs and vehicle documents. Perfect orderliness in the luggage compartment is assured with the luggage fastener: this foam-filled, elastic nylon snake will adapt to any luggage shape and its Velcro fastener will keep any item firmly in place.
All "Collection for the smart" and "Accessories for the smart" products are available from smart Centers.