IIHS: Small Electric Cars And Minitrucks Suck In Crashes

Small vehicles like the GEM e2 and Tiger minitruck advertise low cost and efficiency, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thinks they shouldn't share the road with regular vehicles. Here's the dramatic test footage to back up their point. » 5/20/10 11:00am 5/20/10 11:00am

2009 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced

What's a dog-and-pony show without some kind of award? At this year's LA Auto Show » 10/30/08 2:40pm 10/30/08 2:40pm they'll be awarding 's fourth Green Car of the Year Award to one of five finalists. The competitors this year are the yet-to-be-unveiled Hybrid, the , , and . The winner will be announced at a November 20th press conference, and we…

Smart ForTwo BRABUS Coming Stateside February 2009

Smart USA will begin selling a Smart fortwo BRABUS » 10/23/08 11:00am 10/23/08 11:00am model beginning in February according to an email sent to customers yesterday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting the BRABUS performance tweaks — which take the 70 HP engine up to a staggering 98 HP and reduce the 0-60 time from 13 to 9.9 seconds —…

Lorinser Smart ForTwo Turbo Is Fun Until Your Friends Find Out

During our first drive of the 2008 Smart ForTwo » 10/13/08 3:40pm 10/13/08 3:40pm we enjoyed its small size in the big city, but we would have really enjoyed some extra power. This Lorinser-tuned ForTwo may not be a sports car in the traditional sense, but with 101 HP from its turbocharged 3-cylinder, it's a nice improvement over the stock mill.…

Electric Smart Fortwo Undergoing Real-World Tests In London

Though not yet available to the public, Daimler has released a few copies of their electric Smart Fortwo » 9/02/08 11:15am 9/02/08 11:15am to agencies and companies around Britain for some real-world testing. Don't be surprised if you're cruising around Islington only to find yourself apprehended by a bobby in a juiced-up Smart car, though you can try …

Having No Back Seats Can Be Smart

While we know firsthand that you can fit more than two people in a Smart ForTwo, there really isn't enough room in the back to sit comfortably... or hide discreetly. Smart acknowledges this, and sees it as a good thing. After absorbing the scare tactics featured in this banned commercial, we sort of agree.
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Is It Smart To Drive A Smart?

Living near the border between predominantly gay and urban-chic neighborhoods we've seen more than our fair share of the 2008 Smart ForTwo. People must have assumed they were safe, and the Smart ForTwo crash test results support these assumptions (as do the unofficial Smart ForTwo crash test results). But just because… » 5/14/08 11:40am 5/14/08 11:40am

2008 Smart ForTwo IIHS Crash Test Results In, Little Tyke Did "Good"

Although we've already seen the NHTSA crash tests and the leaked IIHS test video, the official Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test results are finally in for the 2008 Smart ForTwo. It turns out the little bugger did pretty well. IIHS awarded the micro-machine its highest rating of "Good" for front… » 5/14/08 12:01am 5/14/08 12:01am

Smart ForTwo Punted By Delivery Truck, Returned By Van

Commenter and confusion artist extraordinaire Polar has dropped a set of pictures into our lap of the ultimate expression of Smart ForTwo v. US North American roads. While sitting at an intersection, a colleague of his (he actually has a job !?) got a bit of a surprise in the back end — a very large truck was… » 5/13/08 11:20am 5/13/08 11:20am

Smaaart ForTwo Stretched Into Moving Billboard

The impossible ridiculousness of this car is only matched by its utter brilliance. The nutjobs who brought us the stretched Ferrari limo have plied their craft on a decidedly less high performance automobile. They've dubbed their creation the Smaaart ForTwo (see what they did there?) and are pitching it towards soft… » 4/11/08 3:00pm 4/11/08 3:00pm