As an occasional user of Car2Go, I’ve come to believe that the Smart ForTwo is one of the least pleasant vehicles to drive. The car’s lone saving grace is its tiny footprint, which makes it ideal for maneuvering and parking in dense urban areas (the air-cooled 911-style pedals, hinged at the floor, would make the cut, were they not utterly joyless to manipulate). The newest Fortwo, visible below the jump, retains the same profile, but that’s not what I’m interested in.
The all-new Forfour, above, is what does it for me. Yes, it’s a bit bigger than the Fortwo, but that means that you have a bit more room for people and cargo, and don’t look like you’re driving a four-wheeled Kinder Egg. It’s also nearly identical to the Renault Twingo. In an era of increasing homogenity, the idea of a rear-engined economy car is pretty damn cool. Please, Mercedes, bring it to North America.