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Smart ForTwo Disney Edition Available Only in Japan

If you happened to be in Japan and you are a huge Mickey Mouse fan, you will find it interesting that Smart, through its Brabus tailor-made program, recently released its Disney Edition for the ForTwo. What makes this one different from the other Smart ForTwo units is that carries the same color patterns as Disney’s iconic character, Mickey Mouse. The Smart ForTwo Disney Edition uses a combination of four colors associated with the famous mouse. Yellow was used for the car’s mirrors, black for its tridion cell, white for its wheels, and red for its body. Inside are leather seats embroidered with the “edition Disney” logo. Fortunately, there were no mouse ears… Continue Reading »

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2015 ForTwo Brabus Spy Photos and Rendering

Spy photos of the 2015 ForTwo with Brabus treatment have been circulating online. Despite the heavy camouflage of the smart car in the pictures, the images hinted several modifications in the design of the vehicle. A rendering of the vehicle was also made by RM Design. Brabus Enhancements Available for the New ForTwo An obvious add-on to the upcoming ForTwo is the new bodykit, which include bespoke front grille, lower tires, and twin exhausts. Then, it is assumed that it will have a more powerful output. According to Auto Express, the power of the auto is cranked from its usual 89 bhp to 110 bhp. Another significant development in the 2015 ForTwo Brabus is the addition… Continue Reading »

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The Upcoming ForTwo and ForFour is Smart’s Last Chance

Back in 1998, Daimler introduced a solution for motorists in crowded cities who usually have a hard time maneuvering and looking for a parking space. The answer came in the form of the Smart ForTwo. The two-door and two-passenger Smart car was projected to be a hit, because aside from its improved maneuverability and compact size, it was also offered in a more affordable price. The 98 inches long, 60 inches wide and 61 inches high car was only sold in the market at $9,150. Fast-forward to the present, after losing around $4.1 billion in the brand based on the analysis of Bankhaus Metzler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz finally… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Should Capitalize on China’s Demand for EV and Hybrid Vehicles

China is now one of the countries that automakers are focusing on because of the high demand of the area in automobiles. According to Forbes, the automotive market of the region is fast growing. In fact, it is projected to have 30% share in terms of global sales by the end of the decade. It’s no wonder why luxury brand like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW are also putting much effort in strengthening their hold in the area. However, the increasing number of vehicles in the country has alarmed local regulators as it triggered a number of problems like heavy traffic and pollution. As a result, the Chinese government is currently… Continue Reading »

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Dr. Zetsche Believes that the New ForFour will be Successful

The first generation of the Smart ForFour was a flop during its three-year production run in the market. The dismal performance of the variant made some think that Daimler may be dropping the ball on its Smart car brand. However, a report from Automotive News said that Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche is not giving up on their Smart marque yet. Daimler CEO Confident of the New ForFour Dr. Zetsche stated in an interview that he is confident with their new ForFour. He said that it would help the ailing Smart division to achieve its commercial success and get its first profit. The Daimler CEO stated that the reason why the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler May Stop Making EV Batteries

In 2008, Daimler AG announced a joint venture with Evonik to produce Li-Tec batteries for electric vehicles. Fast-forward to the present, which is more than five years after the deal, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz is already contemplating on selling its Li-Tec battery cell plants in Germany. According to Bloomberg, the decision to end the production of EV batteries is a part of Daimler’s plan to scale back its domestic retail organization and to revive its push to reach a profitability goal. The sale might proceed by 2016 said the report, citing some anonymous sources within the company. The post stated though that Daimler will still continue making electric vehicles…. Continue Reading »

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No More Subcompact Models for Mercedes-Benz

The introduction of Mercedes-Benz of its compact models has gained it a lot of profit. Particularly, the launching of the German automaker’s CLA-Class in the U.S. was instrumental in catapulting its status as the number-one  luxury car brand in the region. So far, the CLA is considered by the company as its “best launch” in over 20 years. Due to the huge success of the Mercedes-Benz CLA models, the German company’s plant in Kecksmet, Hungary even added a third shift to answer to the overwhelming demand of its compact segment. These series of events led some to speculate that Mercedes-Benz might be considering a subcompact model that will compete with Audi’s… Continue Reading »

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