The Truth About Cars » smart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Finally, a Respectable Use For a Smart Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/finally-respectable-use-smart-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/finally-respectable-use-smart-car/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 21:15:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1300745 Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The […]

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Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The […]

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TTAC News Round-up: 2016 Detroit Auto Show Preview, VW’s Müller to Attend NAIAS, and Dealers Force Infiniti QX30 Name Change http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-2016-detroit-auto-show-preview/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-2016-detroit-auto-show-preview/#comments Sat, 09 Jan 2016 17:01:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1260633 This Saturday is the calm before the storm. While the Los Angeles Auto Show is the opening act of the North American auto show season, Detroit is the main event. Here’s what to expect at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which begins this Monday. That, Herr Müller is planning on visiting Detroit and U.S. […]

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This Saturday is the calm before the storm. While the Los Angeles Auto Show is the opening act of the North American auto show season, Detroit is the main event. Here’s what to expect at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which begins this Monday. That, Herr Müller is planning on visiting Detroit and U.S. […]

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2016 Smart Fortwo Review – Honey, I Shrunk The Car [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/2016-smart-fortwo-review-honey-shrunk-mercedes-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/2016-smart-fortwo-review-honey-shrunk-mercedes-video/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218929 America loves big cars, big trucks and fat crossovers. If you doubt me, all you need to do is look at 2015’s top sellers. The top five vehicles account for 13 percent of all vehicles sold in the USA this year, and the smallest of the five is the Toyota Camry. Not so small. Check […]

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America loves big cars, big trucks and fat crossovers. If you doubt me, all you need to do is look at 2015’s top sellers. The top five vehicles account for 13 percent of all vehicles sold in the USA this year, and the smallest of the five is the Toyota Camry. Not so small. Check […]

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2016 Smart Fortwo Won’t Hit Magic 40 MPG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2016-smart-fortwo-wont-hit-magic-40-mpg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2016-smart-fortwo-wont-hit-magic-40-mpg/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:04:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156354 The next-generation Smart Fortwo, expected to go on sale in North America shortly, won’t achieve the magical 40-mpg benchmark in highway driving, reports Car & Driver. Fuel economy for the Mercedes microcar will stay similar to the current generation at 33 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when equipped with the automatic transmission. Manual models will […]

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The next-generation Smart Fortwo, expected to go on sale in North America shortly, won’t achieve the magical 40-mpg benchmark in highway driving, reports Car & Driver. Fuel economy for the Mercedes microcar will stay similar to the current generation at 33 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when equipped with the automatic transmission. Manual models will […]

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2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-smart-fortwo-electric-drive-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-smart-fortwo-electric-drive-review/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1071066 I like Smarts. It’s not a guilty pleasure, for I am not ashamed. It is a bizarre pleasure, however, lacking consistency and believability. I’m a true blue car enthusiast with a love of V8 rumble, turbocharged torque, supercharged sizzle, manual shifters, and performance wagons. And yet, I can’t help myself: I like the way the […]

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I like Smarts. It’s not a guilty pleasure, for I am not ashamed. It is a bizarre pleasure, however, lacking consistency and believability. I’m a true blue car enthusiast with a love of V8 rumble, turbocharged torque, supercharged sizzle, manual shifters, and performance wagons. And yet, I can’t help myself: I like the way the […]

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Smart Follows Opel Out Of Australia Amid Weak Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/smart-follows-opel-australia-amid-weak-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/smart-follows-opel-australia-amid-weak-sales/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1016730 In 2013, Opel left Australia amid poor sales in the land down under. This year, it’s Smart that is bowing out of the market. Just-Auto reports the Smart ForTwo would soon return to Europe after finding little success in Australia, due mainly to consumers not wanting to pay a premium on a city car; the […]

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In 2013, Opel left Australia amid poor sales in the land down under. This year, it’s Smart that is bowing out of the market. Just-Auto reports the Smart ForTwo would soon return to Europe after finding little success in Australia, due mainly to consumers not wanting to pay a premium on a city car; the […]

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Webster: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Arriving ‘A Year After’ ICE Model http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/webster-smart-fortwo-electric-drive-arriving-year-ice-model/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/webster-smart-fortwo-electric-drive-arriving-year-ice-model/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=984241 Though the new Smart Fortwo is coming to showrooms in the United States later this year, the Electric Drive model won’t be available just yet. Autoblog reports that the redesigned EV won’t hit U.S. showrooms for “approximately a year after” the ICE variant arrives, per Smart USA general manager Mark Webster, with the date of […]

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Though the new Smart Fortwo is coming to showrooms in the United States later this year, the Electric Drive model won’t be available just yet. Autoblog reports that the redesigned EV won’t hit U.S. showrooms for “approximately a year after” the ICE variant arrives, per Smart USA general manager Mark Webster, with the date of […]

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Car2Go Vacates UK Market Due To Tradition Of Private Ownership http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/car2go-vacates-uk-market-due-to-tradition-of-private-ownership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/car2go-vacates-uk-market-due-to-tradition-of-private-ownership/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834353 Car-sharing service Car2Go, whose ubiquitous blue-and-white Smart Fourtwos can be seen parked on the streets of many a major city, will leave the United Kingdom market today. Autoblog Green reports the Daimler-owned service is vacating its presence in London and Birmingham in the face of “the UK’s strong culture and tradition of private vehicle ownership.” […]

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Car-sharing service Car2Go, whose ubiquitous blue-and-white Smart Fourtwos can be seen parked on the streets of many a major city, will leave the United Kingdom market today. Autoblog Green reports the Daimler-owned service is vacating its presence in London and Birmingham in the face of “the UK’s strong culture and tradition of private vehicle ownership.” […]

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Review: car2go Smart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-car2go-smart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-car2go-smart/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:03:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=695041 There’s a new car sharing program in Columbus, Ohio called car2go (not capitalized). For $0.38/minute, smart cars are available for rent – fuel and insurance are included. They can be driven anywhere, but they have to be returned to a public parking space within the designated “home area”. The Columbus home area is essentially downtown, […]

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There’s a new car sharing program in Columbus, Ohio called car2go (not capitalized). For $0.38/minute, smart cars are available for rent – fuel and insurance are included. They can be driven anywhere, but they have to be returned to a public parking space within the designated “home area”. The Columbus home area is essentially downtown, […]

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Smart ForTwo Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/11/smart-fortwo-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/11/smart-fortwo-review/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2007 20:23:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=6144 city.jpgThe Smart ForTwo isn't so much a small car as a short one. At just eight feet from stem to stern, it’s by far the shortest car on the market. What's the difference between small and short? A small car can stay low to the ground to achieve excellent handling and fuel economy. A short car only excels at one thing: unmetered parallel parking. The first-generation Smart proved the point. As reviewed on TTAC, it was a noisy, slow, poor-handling, stiff-legged, bouncy and crashy car with meh mileage. So, Daimler says it’s rectified the first-gen's faults. Is Version 2.0-- headed stateside in 2008-- ready for prime time?

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city.jpgThe Smart ForTwo isn't so much a small car as a short one. At just eight feet from stem to stern, it’s by far the shortest car on the market. What's the difference between small and short? A small car can stay low to the ground to achieve excellent handling and fuel economy. A short car only excels at one thing: unmetered parallel parking. The first-generation Smart proved the point. As reviewed on TTAC, it was a noisy, slow, poor-handling, stiff-legged, bouncy and crashy car with meh mileage. So, Daimler says it’s rectified the first-gen's faults. Is Version 2.0-- headed stateside in 2008-- ready for prime time?

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smart fortwo revisited http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/08/smart-fortwo-revisited/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/08/smart-fortwo-revisited/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2006 19:23:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=2026 1039971smart_nyc109.jpg Since the late 90’s, hundreds of thousands of smart cars found homes in European towns, villages and apartments. I first encountered the smart fortwo at my tribe’s annual Testfest. Canada’s finest motoring hacks caned the diminutive machine on highways, byways, roads and racetrack, where one burly journalist declared the smart as much fun as a fart in a wetsuit. And now the butt of a thousand headline puns is headed your way America, thanks to the otherwise sane metal movers at The United Auto Group.  

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1039971smart_nyc109.jpg Since the late 90’s, hundreds of thousands of smart cars found homes in European towns, villages and apartments. I first encountered the smart fortwo at my tribe’s annual Testfest. Canada’s finest motoring hacks caned the diminutive machine on highways, byways, roads and racetrack, where one burly journalist declared the smart as much fun as a fart in a wetsuit. And now the butt of a thousand headline puns is headed your way America, thanks to the otherwise sane metal movers at The United Auto Group.  

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Review: 2001 Smart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2001/12/smart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2001/12/smart/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1402 Simple Darwinism could reduce the number of America's fashion-conscious tree huggers.

Speed matters. So does size. A Lamborghini Murcielago can crest 200mph on an autobahn, but it's slower than a pair of roller skates down a busy city street. Enter Mercedes' chic new SMART car. It's tiny-- small enough to dart through any gap wider than an NFL lineman. It's quick-- well, "nippy". It uses less fuel than a John Deere lawn mower. In fact, the SMART should be an urban driver's dream come true. It isn't.

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Simple Darwinism could reduce the number of America's fashion-conscious tree huggers.

Speed matters. So does size. A Lamborghini Murcielago can crest 200mph on an autobahn, but it's slower than a pair of roller skates down a busy city street. Enter Mercedes' chic new SMART car. It's tiny-- small enough to dart through any gap wider than an NFL lineman. It's quick-- well, "nippy". It uses less fuel than a John Deere lawn mower. In fact, the SMART should be an urban driver's dream come true. It isn't.

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