2016 Smart Fortwo front 3/4 view
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2016 Smart Fortwo rear 3/4 view
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2016 Smart Fortwo front 3/4 view
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2016 Smart Fortwo rear 3/4 view
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2016 Smart Fortwo side view
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2016 Smart Fortwo front view
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2016 Smart Fortwo rear view
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2016 Smart Fortwo grille
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2016 Smart Fortwo headlight
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2016 Smart Fortwo wheel
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2016 Smart Fortwo taillight
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2016 Smart Fortwo badge
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2016 Smart Fortwo badge
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2016 Smart Fortwo interior
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2016 Smart Fortwo steering wheel
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2016 Smart Fortwo front seats
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2016 Smart Fortwo tachometer
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2016 Smart Fortwo speedometer
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2016 Smart Fortwo instrument panel
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2016 Smart Fortwo climate controls
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2016 Smart Fortwo shifter
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2016 Smart Fortwo rear cargo area
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2016 Smart Fortwo rear cargo area
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UPDATE: The story's been updated with a response from a Smart representative.

There are parking spaces, and then there are Fortwo parking spaces. Smart, which is owned by Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, is looking for a way for its customers to take advantage of the difference. Think of it as a big thing for really small cars.

Smart is working on an app for the redesigned Fortwo called Cross Connect that will be available as soon as next month, says Automotive News, citing Smart chief Annette Winkler. The idea is to connect owners of the diminutive two-seat vehicles to, for example, let them tell each other when there's a parking space that's too small for just about any other vehicle but big enough for a Smart.

If you think that's a small thing, think again. The Fortwo is 8 feet, 10 inches long. That's almost six feet shorter than a Toyota Prius, which itself isn't exactly a stretch limo. In fact, the length of a Smart Fortwo is just 10 inches longer than the width of a Ford F-150, in case anyone was having misgivings about parking perpendicular in a parallel spot.

Parking has become more relevant, and tougher, as more people move to urban centers. For instance, BMW said earlier this month that it would discontinue its DriveNow car-sharing operations in San Francisco because of the challenge of parking vehicles on that city's streets.

Other possible amenities with the Cross Connect app including the enabling of personal car sharing as well as information on car washes that offer discounted rates for Smart Fortwo. Yes, there are some out there, apparently, and we salute them. Michael Minielly, a spokesman for Mercedes-Benz, confirmed to Autoblog that the Cross Connect features would be available in November. You can read Autoblog's driving impressions of the 2016 Fortwo here.

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