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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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At Least Two More Years Before New smart Models Arrive

With all the new product announcements Mercedes-Benz seems to be spewing lately, you might think that Daimler has put smart development on the back burner. But far from doing so, the smart division has reportedly been working with Renault to share the replacement Twingo platform. This will result in a new ForTwo that will be launched in 2014. And just as interesting, there seem to be plans to develop a new smart model based on the new platform. This will be called the ForFour and, no surprise, will be a four-seater. But instead of just being a stretched ForTwo which we have come to know as a front-engine, front-drive car,… Continue Reading »

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The New Generation of smart fortwo Sold 500,000

After more than four years from launching the new smart fortwo vehicle, the car was able to sell over half a million units. This year alone, about 67,073 smart cars has been delivered to customers, a proof that the vehicle is really getting attention from customers. More than four years after the market launch of the current generation the smart fortwo remains on the road to success. Until today over half a million models of the innovative two-seater have been sold. And sales continue to rise: since the beginning of the year 69,073 smart fortwo have been delivered to customers around the world, 6.6 percent more than in the same… Continue Reading »

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car2go comes to Vancouver, Canada

car2go announced on Tuesday that Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first Canadian city selected to launch its innovative mobility service. A newly created company, car2go Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, will also be located in Vancouver. We at BenzInsider were there at the press conference and had a chance to actually see the process in action while test driving the cars. Nicholas Cole, President and CEO of car2go Canada Ltd., and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson made the official announcement to the press as well as to business, political and civic leaders who also took this opportunity to test drive the smart “car2go edition” vehicles and learn… Continue Reading »

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