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While the brand was not launched until by Daimler-Benz, the project to design the Micro Compact Car AG began in the by Nicholas Hayek, the CEO of Swatch At the time, he felt a significant of the automobile market was being so his plan was to design a small and car that would be perfect for living in the city. Initially, the car was as the Swatchmobile.

Smart Car History

to joining with Daimler-Benz, had reached an agreement with in 1991 to share in the development, and sales of the Swatchmobile. In 1993, a in leadership at Volkswagen led to the project scrapped, as it competed directly the Lupo, the Volkswagen version of a car. Hayek saw this and approached other carmakers, led to the agreement with Daimler-Benz.

While Hayek wanted to Swatch within the name of the Daimler-Benz wanted something neutral. In the end, Smart was the Not only did it represent the idea what they were to create, but internally, it was an acronym for Mercedes Art.

Over the few years, Hayek and Daimler-Benz time setting up the company and a purpose-built plant to manufacture the

Smart Cars in America

cars were not introduced in America until late when Mercedes Benz began to sell the Fortwo in Initially, sales were high, and prospective owners had to long wait times to get vehicles, particularly in major areas. Sales have since then, but are consistently in Western Canada, particularly than anywhere else in America.

Prior to 2008, the only cars found in the U.S. imported through grey This means there new or used Smart cars had been imported into the through channels other the official distributor. These can be imported but have to be modified to stringent U.S. safety and regulations.

Vehicles from could not be imported as the diesel did not meet the emissions testing

Smart Car Models

The first cars were launched in European countries in late The first model to hit the roads was the City-Coupe, which was a two-seater, rear-engine vehicle. In 2000, the City-Cabrio was added, which was a version of the City-Coupe. In 2003 and the line was increased to include the and the Forfour—both four-door, four-passenger, drive vehicles.

At the same time, the City-Coupe was the Fortwo to keep with the new convention.

Unfortunately, even the line expansion, Smart were losing money in As a result, production of the Roadster and were discontinued, and the plans for an SUV terminated. In 2006, Smart was and absorbed into Daimler-Benz.


Smart cars are now part of the car division of Daimler. Only the model is offered in both and convertible designs.

Smart Car and Technologies

In 2006, Daimler-Benz that it would be bringing cars to America in 2008. In the quarter, Smart USA dealerships created and began marketing the in the U.S. The first Fortwo in the U.S. was a gasoline-powered vehicle.

In there were three versions of the Fortwo available in the the cabriolet, the passion, and the pure. The or passion cabriolet, is a convertible and is the most expensive version of the on the market. The passion coupe is the priced version and features a

Pure is the low cost, most version of the Fortwo.

An electric version of the Fortwo came in It was announced in 2008, with sales in the UK since 2010. In the it is called a hybrid car, though it is completely electric It is the most expensive Smart car for at almost double the price of the cabriolet.

It has a range of 120 to 150 miles and a top of 80 mph. To fully charge the it must be plugged into a 120 AC volt plug for five to six

The current Fortwo models for are the second generation of this and have been in production 2007. In 2012, Daimler-Benz production of the third generation of the models. In addition to producing a new of the Fortwo, Daimler-Benz is working Renault-Nissan.

As a result, Renault has a two-seater car on the 2012 version of the Smart

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