Android Auto Preview: It's Not Perfect, But You Want It

I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you’d like it too. » 5/27/15 12:40pm 5/27/15 12:40pm

The New Smart ForTwo May Have The Best Smartphone Integration Of Any Car

I’m actually pretty excited about the newly redesigned Smart ForTwo. It’s based on the new Renault Twingo, and that platform is about as close to my ideal modern Beetle as anyone is likely to make any time soon. But what I want to point out is a detail, albeit a big one — the Smart’s phone dock system looks really… » 4/02/15 1:05pm 4/02/15 1:05pm

New Smart Design Sketches Show The Smart's Grown A Snout

The Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog (not a car-erotica site, sorry) has published a pair of pictures that show the look of the new Smart ForTwo, about a day before the car's official unveiling. It's a little more conventional, going to a two-box look, but it's also still the cheapest rear-engine car you can get in the US. » 7/15/14 1:34pm 7/15/14 1:34pm

Smart Doesn't Care About Selling Americans A Four-Seat Smart

Apart from the lack of speed and inept transmission, probably the biggest thing holding Smart's U.S. sales in the 9-10,000 units per year range is the limited model range. For the $13,000 entry price of a Smart Fortwo, there are several other four-door, four-seat tiny cars on the market. But it turns out Daimler isn't… » 1/20/14 2:00pm 1/20/14 2:00pm

This flying drone helicopter truck is a real life transformer

What is this? A flying drone? Eight flying drones? One flying helicopter? A moving room? A truck? It's a little bit of everything. Called the AT Black Knight Transformer, it combines the vertical takeoff and landing of a helicopter with the off-road driving capabilities of a truck. So yes, that means it can fly and… » 1/10/14 8:12pm 1/10/14 8:12pm

Mercedes Says No To Mini Fighter So Don't Encourage Them

Is there a way we can tell German automakers to stop carving new niches? We're already well past the point where the words to describe the type of car made any sense – Sports Activity Vehicle may have been the tipping point. But just because German automakers are creating rivals to BMW's British-made, British-branded… » 9/15/13 3:00pm 9/15/13 3:00pm

Can You Sell A Smart Car Though Social Media? Maybe You Can In China

Can you buy a car in 140 characters or fewer? I mean, the last time I bought a new car, it took weeks, if not months, to decide on a car and a color and then about four hours to drive and sit down with a grinning salesman before a deal was struck. It wasn't like I could just see a tweet and click. » 1/20/13 10:00am 1/20/13 10:00am

Smart's EV Recharging Plug Is Doing It Wrong

Electric cars are really still in their infancy. And, like infants, they've been really terrible about picking coherent standards to do things as a collaborative whole. Put any group of babies together and ask them to establish norms for, say, a standard unit of density, and what do they do? Wet themselves and shove… » 1/16/13 1:30pm 1/16/13 1:30pm