Looks like the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show is up for some serious surprise! A teaser video filmed in the Brabus factory in Bottrop, Germany, hints that we may be viewing the fastest Smart in the world.
Smart will be revamping its Fortwo with the addition of a pair of, seats and doors in the rear. The new model supposed to be called Fortwo+2 will be longer and wider than the current model to accommodate those extra set of seats and doors. This means increased wheelbase.
Smart has launched the new limited special edition Fortwo Nightorange. The car is based on the Passion Coupé and Passion Cabrio. The urban two-seater is up for orders and will reach dealers from 22 Feb 2011. The car is available with a 1 L petrol engine, 1 L turbo petrol engine or a 0.8 L diesel turbo engine producing 71, 84 and 54 hp respectively. Customers can choose between a coupe and convertible model of the car.
Smart, owned by auto veteran Daimler, is all set to show off their new two wheeler – a plug-in scooter – at the Paris Motor Show. The diversification by Smart is said to be part of a long-term strategy to improve on the brand’s performance.
Other vehicles out recently from the company are the new Smart ForTwo and the new 2013 ForFour.
The latter, with its rear mounted engine powering the rear wheels, is expected to be a perfect buy for customers who wanted a little something more than what the ForTwo is offering. The company says that these offerings are an attempt to address the issues faced by consumers in crowded city environments.
Though all of their previous efforts were in the four wheeler market, Daimler says that they have been noticing the need for this kind of an offering for some time. In addition, sources also say that the company plans to foray into the green vehicles arena too.
Over the years, many small cars have been touted as Smart ForTwo competitors but none of those models could ever enjoy the ForTwo success. Chinese automaker JAC is determined to change this pattern as it has readied the IV concept which will get thoroughly previewed at the Beijing Motor Show. There are no real details available but JAC IV gets the style traits from JACs Italian Design Studio. The Italian lines might be good to impress the consumers upfront but the engine also plays an important part in the long run. What the JAC IV does hare in common with the ForTwo is the two-seat arrangement.
Smart has gone ahead and released a set of cosmetic accessories for the Smart and Brabus ForTwo and the kitty includes some stickers and LEDs. Mind you, it is a purely a decorative package and the engine gets no tweaking if you thought so. The package includes six types of foil stickers; each designed by artist Timo Wuerz who is working directly with Mercedes-Benz.
The six color options reflect the ‘six colorful motifs’ and each of these stickers cost €250. These stickers remain good for five years and they can be removed in a matter of minutes if the need be. The package also includes a set of Brabus LED daytime running lights and third LED brake lights where the daytime LEDs cost €549 while the brake lights cost €129. For the interior, there is a Brabus carbon-look eight-piece interior trim set which demands €299.
Boy that’s a weird thing. The Phoenix Suns superstar Shaquille O’Neal which in case you didn’t knew, weighs 375 pounds and is 2.16m (7 ft 1 in) big, just bought a new car. What you expect? A big limo with enough space for feet and large? Wrong. He bought a Smart ForTwo and what’s even more surprising, is that the guy actually fits inside. Well sorta! He got himself a convertible!
It’s pretty funny to see the big guy with his head several inches over the windshield being all cramped inside the small car. By the way! There’s no evidence that the door actually closes with Shaq inside.
How big are you and what cars you drive? Would you choose a Smart ForTwo if you’d be that “large” ?
The German newspaper Handelsblatt is reporting that Daimler Chrysler spent R40 Billion on the smart brand in the four years. Even tough, Daimler doesnâ€™t report profits or losses for Smart brand, they say that the german newspaper came up with the figure after obtaining the information from liquidated Smart in Germany.
This of course is nothing new to us, as Mercedes has reported over and over again that they are losing money with the smart brand. That is basically one of the main reasons theyâ€™ve decided to enter the US market. Letâ€™s hope the coming years will bring the smart to a profitable point. Smart hasn’t really taken off on our shores with poor sales figures for the last two years dispite South Africa being in a car buying boom.