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Hertz Adds Electric Fortwo To Its Fleet

One of the world’s biggest rental companies, Hertz, is moving forward with its plans on being the vehicle rental company with the largest EV (electric vehicle) fleet by adding several electric smart fortwos. This is the second announcement made by Hertz regarding electric vehicles. Together with the A- and B-class fuel cell models, the smart electric will play a critical role in Daimler’s future strategy. The electric smart fortwo in its current form had been presented by Daimler at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Equipment includes electric power steering, power windows, heated and electrically adjustable mirrors and aircon with automatic temperature control. Powered by a 30 kW magneto-electric motor installed… Continue Reading »

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A Smart Fortwo Tank

Amid all the talk of new model launches and concept cars comes news of this one-off Fortwo. Most people think of the Fortwo as an urban runabout but a few examples have been fitted out with motorcycle engines or monster truck tires. This iteration, however, tops them all. It’s a Fortwo remade into a tank, a working Smart tank. The car has been converted into a tracked vehicle and painted with a German Army camouflage scheme, with matching insignia. A new front bumper wraps around the tracks so that the overall look is that the tracks are well-integrated into the car. There’s also a serial number for tongue-in-cheek authenticity, as well as a radio… Continue Reading »

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London: smart Cars Get Congestion Charge Exemption

Green automaker smart, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, has announced recently that the London congestion charge won’t affect the fortwo CDI and MHD models. That’s because these newer smart cars meet the Euro 5 emissions standards, and are thus given a full discount on the charge via the Greener Vehicle Discount. With the softip transmission, the CDI (which is good for 54 bhp) emits a mere 86 g/km of CO2. The MHD (71 bhp), when on the same transmission, gets a relatively modest 97 g/km of CO2. Still, those numbers are more than enough to qualify those smart models for the discount. The new rules to the Greener Vehicle Discount are… Continue Reading »

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Lorinser retrofits the Smart Fortwo

If you’re used to driving a compact, then you’re probably surrendered to the fact that your car was built for economy and lightness, and it was designed to do as little harm to the environment possible. That is, if you’re secretly wishing for more power and drivability—something almost forbidden around the ecomodder circle. Well, here’s news for you. Lorinser has just proven that it’s not all engine displacement that serves as basis as to whether a car deserves to be pimped out or not. As long as your compact is cool, then they’re cool with it—as exemplified by their latest creation. Presenting Sportservice Lorinser’s Easybrid. It’s no more than a… Continue Reading »

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MBUSA growth track remains steady

Daimler AG is on a major roll in the US, now reporting a 3.1 percent growth for the month of October, selling 19,443 Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles. The breakdown includes 19,076 vehicles sold by MBUSA, while the rest being contributed by Smart. This total includes passenger cars, light trucks and Sprinter vans, and represents a 4.9% growth for October for MBUSA. Meanwhile, year-to-date growth stands at around 20.1%. Evidently from the figures, Mercedes-Benz’s passengers and light trucks sales are still very much on track. October’s strongest seller was the 9th generation of the E-Class, numbering around 5,568 units and earning a year-to-date total of 50,298 units for a 53.3% growth…. Continue Reading »

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Pink Smart Fortwo up for eBay auction

Raising money for an advocacy such as cancer awareness is always a good way to get publicity. And that’s exactly what a certain bunch of celebrities have done with the Smart Fortwo, or something like it. Sitting beside the limited edition Smart Fortwo Pink Passion is a huge patchwork made completely out of fabric, courtesy of donations from the celebrities themselves. It doesn’t matter whether they donated clothes that are worth more than the average yuppy’s salary. Whatever proceeds that the limited edition Fortwo earns, it’ll all be donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign for the benefit of their breast cancer patient beneficiaries. Radio 1 disc jockey Sara Cox said… Continue Reading »

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Daimler AG starts second “ride sharing 2.0″ project, this time in Aachen

Three weeks after the start of the car2gether pilot project in Ulm Daimler AG is announcing the second pilot project of the new mobility concept: on 8 October 2010 car2gether will be launched in the Aachen region. car2gether is a web-based ride sharing community arranging incoming offers and requests for lifts. Rides can be arranged via smartphones on the way or from a PC at home – almost in real time. “As a university and science city Aachen offers an ideal environment for pioneering new mobility solutions”, says Marcel Philipp, Mayor of the City of Aachen, welcoming the commitment of Daimler AG. “We look forward to working with Daimler and… Continue Reading »

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