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BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network

BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe...

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AMG Project One and Smart Vision EQ ForTwo both show the future for Mercedes-Benz
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AMG Project One and Smart Vision EQ ForTwo both show the future for Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar might have stolen all the limelight at the Mercedes-Benz unveiling before the official opening of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the diminutive Smart Vision EQ ForTwo is just as important to the future DNA of Daimler globally according to the man who should know...


Smart Vision EQ Fortwo revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
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Smart Vision EQ Fortwo revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Just days after being teased on social media, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept has been revealed ahead of the Frankfurt motor show. Launching under parent Mercedes-Benz's new 'EQ' electric sub-brand, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo show car measures a diminutive 2699mm long, 1720mm wide and 1535mm tall, and potentially previews the next-generation of the urban carmaker's smallest model, the Fortwo...


Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal
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Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal

Smart has taken to social media to tease its upcoming concept bound for the Frankfurt motor show next month - an autonomous electric vehicle. Pitched as "the smart vision of urban mobility for tomorrow", not much is given away by the Mercedes-Benz micro car subsidiary other than the image of the vehicle's face posted on Instagram, which replaces the traditional front grille with a screen saying "on my way"...


Smart Stand - Paris Motor Show 2016
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Smart Stand - Paris Motor Show 2016

Smart is no longer available in Australia, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still like the little guys. For 2017, Smart are offering greater personalisation choices and a full-electric drivetrain to help make the little city car more of a lifestyle accessory than urban runabout. Check out the Milka-chocolate wrapped one - hmmm.


Brabus Smart Fortwo : 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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Brabus Smart Fortwo : 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The Fortwo Brabus will likely feature an engine with just over 75kW (100hp) of power to its credit and will have an official fuel consumption rating of 5.2L/100km. Aside from that, the blog doesn’t spill any other beans about the hotted up version of the ForTwo. At present, the most powerful version of the third-generation, rear-engine Smart Fortwo is the turbocharged 0...


2016 Smart Fortwo Cabrio revealed for Frankfurt motor show
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2016 Smart Fortwo Cabrio revealed for Frankfurt motor show

Smart’s tiny Fortwo is back in the spotlight with the unveiling of its new Cabrio sibling today, ahead of a Frankfurt motor show premiere. In its new 2016 form, the Fortwo Cabrio features a unique ‘tritop’ folding roof that can be simply pushed backwards for use as a sunroof, or folded right down to the tailgate - with the roof rails then detached for stowage in the boot - for a proper convertible experience...


Smart ForRail runs successfully on vintage railway line
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Smart ForRail runs successfully on vintage railway line

Daimler UK, together with rail consulting firm Interfleet, took one ForFour city hatch and converted it into the Smart ForRail, a small four-person train. According to Smart, although James Bond was able to drive a Mercedes-Benz 250SE on train tracks in Octopussy by simply having the tyres shredded by spikes, in the real world converting a road car into a train is much more involved process...


Smart to bypass SUV gold rush, no convertible either
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Smart to bypass SUV gold rush, no convertible either

Daimler Smart has no plans to make the world’s smallest crossover SUV for the time being, contrary to recent reports out of Europe. CEO Annette Winkler told Automotive News this week that rumours of a high-riding Smart appeared greatly exaggerated. “We are not planning an SUV,” she said, though she did add the old standard line of “never say never”...


Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total
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Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total

More than 20 per cent of all Smart Fortwo models sold in 2014 have been recalled for a fault related to the micro cars' steering rack. Affecting a total of 26 MR 451 Smart Fortwos – 24.0 per cent of the 108 sold in 2014 – the recall relates to the steering rack bolts in cars built between January and August 2014...


Smart ForGigs concept sports 5720W sound system
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Smart ForGigs concept sports 5720W sound system

The one-off Smart ForGigs concept car has been kitted out with a 5720W JBL sound system and is, in the words of its maker, "probably the world's smallest concert hall on wheels". Much of the car's ear-catching audio system has been fitted into the boot and, as such, there's no space for luggage, aside from what you can cram into the passenger cell...


New-generation Smart a no-go for Australia
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New-generation Smart a no-go for Australia

Hot on the heels of Mercedes Benz Australia confirming that it was keen to make the Smart business model work in Australia, representatives have been forced to admit that the new version won’t be available in Australia for the foreseeable...


Smart future uncertain in Australia
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Smart future uncertain in Australia

Mercedes-Benz has admitted at the 2015 Geneva motor show that the future of its diminutive Smart sub-brand in Australia remains uncertain. The news comes despite the current model lineup that is more versatile - and clever - than ever, and despite a desire from the Mercedes-Benz to have the vehicle available in Australia, The new 2015 Smart Forfour is especially relevant to Australia...


Smart Fortwo Brabus previewed ahead of Geneva launch
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Smart Fortwo Brabus previewed ahead of Geneva launch

Set for a debut next week at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the Smart Fortwo Brabus performance micro car has been partially revealed in advance by the brand's parent company Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz PassionBlog, run by the company's official museum, has given the world a first look at the new-generation Smart Fortwo Brabus...


Smart Fortwo electric drive ad goes viral
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Smart Fortwo electric drive ad goes viral

The Smart Fortwo electric drive city runabout is all about urban commuting, and a new ad from Smart Canada proves exactly that. The ad focuses on the current-generation two-door EV micro car which is involved in a series of drag races against more fancied competitors...


Smart Fortwo Brabus: New pocket-rocket spied
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Smart Fortwo Brabus: New pocket-rocket spied

A prototype of the new Smart Fortwo Brabus has been spied testing on public roads in Europe. The camouflaged pocket-rocket, captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers, appears less than a week after Daimler’s city-car division officially unveiled its pint-sized third-generation Fortwo and larger second-gen Forfour...


Smart Fortwo and Forfour revealed
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Smart Fortwo and Forfour revealed

After a long teaser campaign, the next-generation Smart Fortwo and Forfour have finally been unveiled and detailed. The third-generation Fortwo has grown 100mm wider, but aside from that the new car is sized practically line-ball with the outgoing model. The new Fortwo measures 2690mm from head to tail and sits on a 1873mm wheelbase...


Smart ForTwo sketches detail new car a day before launch
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Smart ForTwo sketches detail new car a day before launch

An official Mercedes-Benz blog post has put up sketches, which confirm the look of and some details about the new Smart ForTwo city hatch. The new pictures were posted on the Mercedes-Benz Museum's Passion Blog just over 24 hours ahead of the official unveiling of the second generation Smart ForTwo and ForFour...


Smart faces uncertain Australian future
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Smart faces uncertain Australian future

Mercedes-Benz is yet to decide whether the Smart brand has a future in Australia beyond its current generation of models, with the business case to import new versions of the ultra-niche city cars not yet established with head office in Germany...


Smart Fortwo teased in mock ads ahead of July 16 debut
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Smart Fortwo teased in mock ads ahead of July 16 debut

The all-new 2015 Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour are set to be revealed on July 16 in Germany, and the Mercedes-Benz city car brand has released two new teaser videos aimed to mock the size of rival city cars. The videos - which are supposed to be funny, rather than actually giving much away about the new Smart models - indicate the anticipated growth inside the cabin of the new city car...