Smart ForTwo Passes Crash Despite Drivers Door Opening

Reuters is reporting the Smart ForTwo has passed the US Government crash tests with flying colors — despite the drivers side door unlatching in a side impact crash. We're not sure if this means policymakers have determined an increased probability of passenger ejection is a positive performance attribute, or if the… » 4/04/08 2:40pm 4/04/08 2:40pm

BRABUS SLR McLaren Roadster, Matching Smart ULTIMATE 112: Because Rich…

Like Turner and Hootch, Tango and Cash, Gary Busey and a bottle of scotch, Mercedes-tuner BRABUS has put together a winning pair for the Geneva Motor Show. This time it's a Mercedes SLR McLaren and a Smart Fortwo. The SLR McLaren gets a new white carbon fiber bodykit, 20-inch alloy wheels, special interior and an… » 3/03/08 10:40am 3/03/08 10:40am

Wired's Smart Occupancy Equation

The Smart has been making a considerable splash since its conception way back when. Still, if you hope to travel as anything other than a solitary male or female, the occupancy of this vehicle needs to be taken into consideration before deciding to purchase. Luckily, the folks at Wired put together a nice chart to… » 2/29/08 4:45pm 2/29/08 4:45pm

Smart Presents New Art Project, American Apparel-esque Marketing…

Because the Smart Fortwo is for the urban buyer, the company has sponsored an art project instead of a NASCAR team. Entitled "sideways. a smart art project," the project will include "work from the fields of photography, illustration, graphic design, painting, sculpture, architecture, styling, hairstyling and… » 2/14/08 4:15pm 2/14/08 4:15pm

2008 Smart Fortwo: First U.S. Drive

The 2008 Smart Fortwo is burdened with preconceived notions like no car before it. It's not safe. You can't drive it on the highway. It's too small for super sized Americans. It's Green. It's gay. The car was launched in Europe in 1998, so Americans have had a decade to develop these assumptions. Until now, few have… » 1/22/08 12:00pm 1/22/08 12:00pm

Detroit Auto Show: Wee Rides that Puff Themselves Up

Small cars—wave of the future or grim throwback to the gaslines of the 1970s, just with cooler exteriors and cupholders? Plenty of lip service was paid to the treehugger obsessions of Generation fortwo at the Detroit Auto Show's Michelin Design Challenge. The brief? Create designs that are rinkydink, don't chug fuel,… » 1/15/08 12:15pm 1/15/08 12:15pm

Detroit Auto Show: Smart Unveils 58 MPG Stop-Start Hybrid

We don't have many details as Wes, our intrepid road trip warrior, doesn't have internet access on the floor at the moment, but we've just been told Smart has unveiled a micro-hybrid drive with stop-start technology. It cuts the engine below 5mph when braking and it gets 58 MPG. We'll have more from the Detroit Auto… » 1/13/08 12:13pm 1/13/08 12:13pm

The Germans Won't Out-Smart Us, Demand Too High

Dr. Tobias Zetsche, you blowhard! First you tell us to put down $99 deposits on your little Smart Fortwo. Then you tell us that the 30,000 deposits exceed production capacity. "Down payments are going far beyond the production capacity we have," said Zetsche, who refused to elaborate on what that actually meant. The… » 12/04/07 4:15pm 12/04/07 4:15pm

Smart Fortwo with Stop-Start Coming; EV, Hybrids Concepts Get Earthy

What's smaller than a Maytag and runs on a gas-electric hybrid powertrain? If you answered Tom Cruise, give yourself an air punch. If you answered the Smart Fortwo, jump up on the couch and declare your love for someone half your age in an awkward display of borderline sociopathy. But we kid the Smart Fortwo. And in… » 7/09/07 12:29pm 7/09/07 12:29pm

What Th'... It's the Smartleanor!

What happens when you take a Smart Fortwo and cross it with Eleanor the Mustang from "Gone in 60 Seconds"? A question that needn't been asked, to be sure. But there's an answer. Whatever it is, it looks like something that emerge about six months after Eleanor's egg has been fertilized. Oh, gross. » 6/06/07 12:33pm 6/06/07 12:33pm

Mii Is Real Smart: Nintendo Wii Ad Campaign Features Fortwo

Because we know when we think of the Nintendo Wii, all we can think about is the Smart Fortwo. We want a blue and white one to drive up in just like the two lovable and huggable stars of the "Mii" ad campaign for the Nintendo Wii save the cheerleader in drive. Because that'd be simply hetero-dorable. One more… » 3/12/07 5:57pm 3/12/07 5:57pm

New Brabus Smart Cars to Debut in Geneva

Brabus will show off its latest Smart tuners, based on the new generation Smart Fortwo models, at the Geneva show next month. Of course, us Yanks wont be graced with the Mercedes tweak shop's latest, but Europeans will get every single one of the 98 hp and 103 foot pounds Brabus is offering. And that's enough to… » 2/22/07 11:21am 2/22/07 11:21am

You Could Even Say it Glows: Phosphorescent Smart Art Project

Don't adjust your rods and cones, this Smart Fortwo really is actually glowing like dandruff particles in a blacklit nightclub. It's part of an art project headed by Katharina Sieverding, whose large-scale self-portraits from the early 1970s convinced artsy types that photographs could succeed as legitimate… » 1/22/07 11:04am 1/22/07 11:04am

A Jalopnik Contemplates Europe: Car-Related Ramblings from the Depths…

England is car hell. Let's forget about the expensively obvious for a moment (insane taxes, equally insane gas prices, doubly insane speed cameras on every corner and under your bed) and the plain daf (Clarkson thinks the Jaguar XK is cooler than the upcoming Dodge Challenger) and look at the cars themselves. They… » 1/04/07 11:05am 1/04/07 11:05am

Spy Photos: 2007 Brabus Smart Cabrio

Despite the arrival of the first US Smart Fortwo models in 2007, Europeans will still have one Smart up on the Yanks. That is, the Brabus-tuned Smart. With the current Brabus Black Star 101 ending production with the 2006 model, the company's working on its tuner version of the next-gen Fortwo, which spies have… » 12/22/06 10:48am 12/22/06 10:48am

Detroit Auto Show Preview: The Smart Cars Are Coming...Still

Despite already being the recipient of an announcement they'll be coming in 2008 (back in June) and an announcement detailing what they'll look like (back last month) — the folks at the German-American hybrid have decided the 2006 Detroit Auto Show's the place to complete the immortal announcement trilogy of the… » 12/20/06 1:33pm 12/20/06 1:33pm

None too Smart: Chinese Smart Clone 86'ed

Clone purveyor, thy name is whoops. Carscoop reports Chinese automaker Shandong Huoyun has ceased building its two-seater Smart Fortwo doppelganger, following some manner of cease-and-desist missive from DaimlerChrysler. Company executives, while complying with the order, plead ignorance, saying they based their… » 11/13/06 5:51pm 11/13/06 5:51pm

Smart Reveals 2007 Fortwo

Welcome to the world, you 2007 Smart Fortwo, you. DaimlerChrysler today released an official press kit for the slightly redesigned and newly powered Smart car, the first version planned for US sales since the initial Swatchmobile was deemed far too large to wear as a timepiece, and abandoned by the Swiss. Eventually,… » 11/10/06 3:22pm 11/10/06 3:22pm

Smart Not Smart: Chinese Fortwo Clone

The Chinese are either the best or worst reverse-engineers in the world. Check out this from Shandong Huoyun, a division of the Qilu Petrochemical Corporation; it's a nearly indistinguishable knockoff of the Smart Fortwo. Under the skin, however, it's an entirely different beast. As its name reveals, the HuoYun… » 10/16/06 2:24pm 10/16/06 2:24pm

Classic Top Gear: Tiny Cars That Suck In Corners

Yes, we know the Prius and Smart are both fuel efficient little buggers, but seriously — as driving machines, they really suck ass. And what's the point in driving if you aren't going to have fun when you do it. If the experience is gonna suck, you might as well take the bus or something because at least you'll be… » 10/16/06 11:58am 10/16/06 11:58am