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

Take A Look Inside A Chinese Smart FourTwo Cloning Factory

We make jokes all the time about the Chinese propensity to clone all manner of automobile, but actually seeing the process makes things a bit more real. You forget there are people behind those cars, working in god-knows-what condition, and exposed to whatever chemicals seem necessary for the job. This is a set of… » 3/24/08 5:05pm 3/24/08 5:05pm

Smart To America: Why Not Drive 18-Wheelers?

OK, not really. But in this Newsweek interview with Smart USA President David C. Schembri, he smartly responds to the timeworn, "isn't bigger safer?" with, "The logical conclusion to that question is that we should all be driving locomotives or 18-wheelers." And good for him. Anyhow, it's a playful interview… » 9/19/07 10:30am 9/19/07 10:30am

Iron Chef, Detroit Auto Show Edition: Battle of the Cutaway Displays

Use to be, carmakers would run an early prototype through the largest bandsaw they could find, file down the sharp edges and call it a cutaway. But like anything else, competition for consumers' eyes has forced display creators to be ever more clever, escalating the state of the art. I'm not afraid to say the trend… » 1/15/07 10:30am 1/15/07 10:30am