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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.

Quick Spin

The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand's best seller, it's not the only model to to wear the moniker. A decade ago, Smart rolled out the larger Forfour, but like the brand's other models that have come and gone, it wasn't much of a success. Now, Smart is back and taking another stab at it with the introduction of this all-new Forfour. And this time, we think it's in a much better position to succeed.

First Drive

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.

First Drive

Little Daimler Child Finally Nails It With Electrons

2011 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive – Click above for high-res image gallery

2009 Smart ForTwo – Click above for high-res image gallery

2009 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's bigger, but will it be useful on U.S. roads?

An impractical oversized roller skate or the future of urban motoring? The Smart Car is part of the permanent exhibits at New York's Museum of Modern Art , so clearly someone quite likes it. Opinions on the Smart ForTwo differ, but what's fact is that it's going on sale in the United States next year as both a coupe and a cabrio.However, Americans aren't getting the same versions that were launche

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No matter how dramatic your explanations of how you walked barefoot uphill in the snow both ways are, the fact remains that teenagers will at least need access to a car from time to time. Given that your youngun' will be talking on the phone, listening to the radio, text messaging, chewing gum and chatting with passengers (all while breaking graduated-licensing laws), you want to give him or her the best chances of surviving a possible crash. Better yet (especially for the passengers, who never