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Smart Final Collector's Edition revealed
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15th May 2019
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Smart Final Collector's Edition revealed

Smart has revealed the Final Collector's Edition based on its ForTwo city car, marking the last run of combustion-powered vehicles for the micro car specialist before it switches to full e-mobility. Just 21 examples of these special editions will be produced, developed in collaboration with industrial designer, Konstantin Grcic. The Final Collector's Edition commemorates 21 years of the Smart brand, the 21-vehicle final production run, and "21 years always a step ahead".
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James Wong
Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report
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27th Mar 2019
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Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report

Three sources have told The Financial Times Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, is close to selling a 50 per cent stake in the Smart brand to Chinese automaker Geely. A deal could be announced as soon as the Shanghai motor show, which takes place in the middle of April. If the sale goes ahead, it would fit both Smart's future vision for itself and Geely's acquisitive streak.
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Derek Fung
Mercedes-Benz to purchase $31 billion worth of battery cells
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12th Dec 2018
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Mercedes-Benz to purchase $31 billion worth of battery cells

Mercedes-Benz has ordered €20 billion ($31 billion) worth of lithium-ion battery cells, which will see the company through until 2030. The German automaker expects battery-electric vehicles to account for between 15 and 25 per cent of its annual sales by 2025. To put that into context, the company sold a total of 3.3 million vehicles in 2017. Assuming zero growth, that would equate to between 495,000 and 825,000 electric vehicles.
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Derek Fung
Smart ForTwo turned into rolling disco – video
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17th Apr 2018
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Smart ForTwo turned into rolling disco – video

There are plenty of cars well suited to carting around the makings of a disco. Vans, for example, have plenty of space for the speakers, lights, smoke machines and equipment necessary for a big party. In a marketing tie-up with a product designer Konstantin Grcic, Smart took what was arguably the least-suited car for carting equipment around – the ForTwo – and turned it into the Mobile Disco. As marketing stunts go, this is an interesting one.
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Scott Collie
BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network
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4th Nov 2017
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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. Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open "across European major thoroughfares" by 2020.
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Derek Fung