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Cars that should be sold in Australia

Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold. Yet local product planners across the 60-plus car makers that sell their wares here regularly opt not to import and distribute certain models, usually citing a lack of projected demand or a difficult “business case” — code for “too bloody expensive”...

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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...