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New Generation of Mercedes-Renault Smart Cars Caught on Tape

The third generation of smart cars have been caught on video during a recent testing. These are fruits of the partnership forged between Mercedes-Benz and Renault. The exterior of the smart cars remain literally sketchy as of the moment due to the camouflage wrapped all around their armors, so we can’t comment yet on what they look like on the outside. However, we were able to fish out some valuable information about the vehicles from MB Passion. According to the source, the cars will have a rear-wheel drive. Then, their engine, located at the rear, will be a 0.9-liter three cylinder model from Renault. The fortwo (C453) and the forfour… Continue Reading »

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5 Smart Missed Opportunities

Smart has become a brand name synonymous with stylish compact city cars. An alliance was formed back in 1994 by watch manufacturer, Swatch, and Daimler-Benz AG to undertake the new project. Interest in the brand grew immediately following the first model’s release in 1998. Come launch, city commuters could buy a compact city car which wasn’t only attractive but incredibly practical around town. Drivers could even park perpendicularly in an otherwise parallel-parked street. The brand experienced some attempted expansion in its short history, which almost always failed. However, the future launch of the Renault Twingo-based Smart ForFour spells an opportunity to pick up where it left off with the former… Continue Reading »

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Enhancements Set For New Smart Fortwo

Sources inside Mercedes-Benz disclosed that the new model of the Smart Fortwo will feature a one-and-a-half box design instead of the current single-box profile, once it enters the market next year. The bonnet of the new Smart Fortwo will be longer while its width will increase. The new design is intended to increase the front impact protection of the latest generation of this city car, which is set to be released in 2014. The interior of the vehicle will also be enhanced due to its new design. The new model of the Fortwo will have an overall length of 2750mm and width of 1660mm, which is an increase of 80mm… Continue Reading »

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Replacement fortwo Loses Its Renault Diesel

Back in late 2010, it was reported that Daimler and Renault-Nissan had signed an agreement to share drivetrains, with the agreement seeming to benefit the French-Japanese alliance more, as they would have had access to AMG’s engines. But other reports then came to light that Daimler’s smart division would be using Renaults miserly turbodiesel for the replacement fortwo. This is not to be, however, as a British magazine says that Renault has reportedly backed out of the deal. That the French car industry is in the doldrums is not news anymore, and so it’s not surprising to learn that the reason Renault is giving is a more restrictive R&D budget…. Continue Reading »

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Brabus fortwo Is Mean And Green

Making an appearance at the Paris 2012 show is this electric fortwo from Brabus. Clad in an electrifying green and black color scheme, this fortwo is a standout from the special edition Smart cars we’ve been seeing.  As befits a Brabus creation, this little commuter has the makings of a pocket rocket with a peak power output of 82 horsepower. And with electric motors providing full torque from 0 rpm, this little car is a perfect machine for zipping through the urban jungle. No Brabus creation would be complete without an aggressive-looking body kit and here, the fortwo from this premiere Mercedes tuner does not disappoint. A Brabus spoiler with… Continue Reading »

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Video: SLR McLaren is a sitting duck

This is embarassing. Imagine scooting around town in your badass Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren only to end up being handed a parking violation ticket by an officer driving a Smart car. In case you’re wondering, a new SLR McLaren held a price tag of just over half a million dollars during its time. It seems the wealthy owner, self-titled “Prince of Germany”, was simply begging to get caught by displaying his ride in the wrong place at the wrong time. The officers just happened to be driving along Beverly Hills, California in their Smart Fortwo when, lo and behold, there sitting in a no-parking zone was the 617hp supercar dressed up… Continue Reading »

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car2go To Expand To The City Of Birmingham

car2go recently announced its winning bid to supply to the city of Birmingham in England a mobility solution for its populace. According to Councilor Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, “Birmingham is committed to developing a wide range of green and public transport initiatives to reduce both traffic congestion and carbon emissions within the city, and the country at large. Through these projects we are keen to explore the potential that short term car share schemes may have, alongside improvements to public transport and walking/cycling links, in removing the traditional reliance on bringing cars into the city centre everyday.” car2go has the unique feature of offering a… Continue Reading »

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