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PostHeaderIcon The new Suzuki Swift Is Lighter and More Fuel Efficient

Although not the best looking and most practical car out there, the Suzuki Swift has been a popular choice in some European market thanks to its affordable sticker and cheap maintenance. It has fallen a bit too far behind the competition in recent years, but the new-generation Swift that just made its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show should put Suzuki back on the map in the challenging subcompact hatchback segment.

As we learned back in December 2016 when the car made its global debut in Japan, the new Swift is a big step forward in terms of styling, following in the footsteps for the similarly sized Baleno. The hatchback also rides on new underpinnings that are about 15 percent lighter and provide better driving dynamics and help improve fuel economy.

The dated styling of the previous Swift is finally gone, replaced by modern features and an overall sportier stance. The smaller headlamps, the larger grille, and the dynamic looking front bumper give the Swift a front fascia that can stand out next to any other competitor in this segment. Although simple, the rear section feels fresh and practical at the same time, with the wider tailgate providing easier access to the trunk.

The cabin is also a big improvement over the previous design. The larger infotainment screen, the round A/C vents and the sportier instrument cluster make the Swift a nice place to spend time in. Tech includes a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity, maps, music, and USB port.

As usual, motivation is provided by small-displacement engines, starting with the 1.2-liter Dualijet rated at 89 horsepower and 89 pound-feet. The 1.0-liter, three-cylinder Boosterjet with 109 horses and 125 pound-feet is available in the more expensive trims. Just like the Baleno, the Swift uses the SHVS mild hybrid system with lower emissions. Suzuki also introduced a revised version of its AllGrip Auto four-wheel-drive system, which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.

Pricing is not yet available, but the new Swift goes on sale in the U.K. on June 1st.

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PostHeaderIcon Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

The third-generation Smart ForTwo arrived in 2014 with significant changes over its predecessor. Co-developed with French carmaker Renault, it received a more traditional exterior design with a longer front hood, a revamped interior, and three new engines. Much like its predecessor, it also spawned a convertible and AMG version, and at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Smart unveiled an all-electric variant.

Called the ForTwo Electric Drive (or ED), the emission-free car uses a brand-new electric drivetrain with enhanced output and increased range. For the first time, the electric motor is also offered in the convertible versions, making the ForTwo the only electric cabriolet on the market. What’s more, because the same drivetrain is also available in the larger ForFour model, Smart is the only car manufacturer to offer its entire model range with both combustion engines and battery-electric drive. Not that it would be difficult having just two vehicles, but it’s still a noteworthy achievement.

The new ForTwo Electric Drive will arrive in the United States in 2017. The coupe version will debut in the spring, while the cabriolet model will hit dealerships in the summer. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the smallest EV on the market and how it stacks up compared to its predecessor and main competitors.

Continue reading to learn more about the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.


PostHeaderIcon Electra Meccanica Solo

Coming straight out of Canada is a new and innovative take on the EV that is aimed at making EV ownership simple, fun, and affordable. Meet the Electra Meccanica SOLO. Powered by an all-electric drivetrain and riding on three wheels, this funky little city car is the work of Jerry Kroll, formally of KleenSpeed Technologies, and Henry Reisner, the President of Intermeccanica Inc. Featuring a striking exterior design, an interior suited for just one person, and an 84-horsepower electric motor, this EV isn’t aimed at combating the Tesla Model S, or even the Nissan Leaf. Instead of attempting to replace your gas-guzzling family hauler, the SOLO is all about personal transportation and making your daily commute simple and efficient.

When speaking of the Solo, Henry Reisner, who is also the COO of Electra Meccanica, said, “It has appeal for driving enthusiasts, practical commuters, and the environmentally conscious. We believe the SOLO will become the commuter vehicle of choice for the masses. The vehicle is non-­polluting, very economical to operate, and people will have a heck of a good time driving it too.”

Now, by saying “heck of a good time,” he’s not insinuating that you’ll outrun most of the sports cars out there, but it does hit 62 mph in about eight seconds, which really isn’t bad for a car with one-wheel drive and 84 horsepower, right? On top of this, it also has pretty modern technology inside that includes an LCD instrument cluster, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity, and there’s even a rear-view camera system. It’s really not that bad for a vehicle with a sub-$20,000 price tag. But, there’s a lot more to talk about than the few tidbits we’ve discussed here, so let’s dive on into the world’s newest, single-seater, EV.


PostHeaderIcon Smart Fortwo Sport Package by Brabus

The Smart Fortwo is a funky little city car that has a rear-mounted engine, two seats, and a hatch. To put it simply, it’s nothing more than a cockpit on wheels, but in busy, crowded cities, the car is perfect for those who can manage to fit in it. Originally introduced in 1998, the car has seen two generational changes with the most recent coming in the 2014 model year. For 2016, Smart introduced the convertible or Cabriolet variant that ditched the rear hatch for a retractable top. For the most part, the Fortwo is a pretty simple car. It is available with two different three-cylinder engines that deliver between 71 and 90 horses and can be equipped with a five-speed manual or a dual clutch automatic.

For such a tiny car, the interior is actually rather spacious, and it has a certain level of luxury too. Now, with the 2017 model year right around the corner, Brabus is offering a new Sport package for the Fortwo Coupe and Cabriolet that promises to bring a new level of customization to Smart customers everywhere. It is said to bring “unique styling and a sportier driving experience,” but it is a micro city car, so I’m not really sure I’m comfortable using words like “sport” in that context.

Of course, I’m pretty critical about what automakers and do to their vehicles, so before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a good look at this new sport package and what it brings to the table.

Keep reading to learn about Brabus’ new Sport package for the 2017 Smart Fortwo


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car

If you’re a golfer or someone who lives in a senior suburban community, you’re well aware that golf carts, for the most part, have carried on practically unchanged for years. Sure, they have gained radios and more advanced electric drivetrains, but the general design and capabilities have been unaltered. All that could very well change in the near future and, if so, it will happen at the hands of none other than Mercedes-Benz and Garia. That’s right, the luxury manufacturer has gone out of its way to design a “golf car” prototype that will move into series production should it garner enough interest from the market and general public.

For those of you who don’t know, Garia is actually a well-known golf cart manufacturer, and will actually be in charge of production. The company is building two prototypes of this “golf car” now and will be responsible for the for the series production in the future. The golf car that you see here was penned by MB designers, Daimler’s Think & Act Tank Business Innovation, and Garia itself. It all started back in 2013 when MB asked the public to submit their own designs for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart. It took a few years for MB to come up with its own design, but here we are.

Dr. Jens Thiemer, the Vice President of Marketing for Mercedes Cars, said, “With the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car we are offering a high-end golf cart which is absolutely unique and was specifically developed for sporting golfers and the sport they enjoy.”

With that said, let’s take a good look at what could be the next evolutionary stage of the golf cart and see just what Mercedes has in mind.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car.


PostHeaderIcon Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

Smart took the automotive world by surprise when it unveiled the ForTwo Cabrio at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show. A year later, the Germans launched the smallest production cabriolet, taking the micro car industry into a new era. It’s been 15 years since then and Smart has revealed the third-generation ForTwo Cabrio, which is set to break cover officially at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Based on the third-gen 2015 Smart ForTwo we already saw in 2014, the ForTwo Cabrio has been redesigned from the ground up. The styling is all-new inside and out, the chassis has been rebuilt for greater comfort, while the drivetrains are both more powerful and fuel-efficient.

“Our new smart cabrio really exudes joie de vivre in the city – which is what our brand stands for”, said Dr. Annette Winkler, head of the Smart brand. “I am sure that we will delight our present 220,000 cabrio customers and win lots of new fans with this successful lifestyle icon.”

The micro convertible will arrive on U.S. soil in the first half of 2016, a few months after it goes on sale in Europe. By the time it hits showrooms on this side of the Atlantic, it will join the ForTwo coupe, set to reach U.S. soil at the end of September 2015, and the 2015 Smart Fortwo Brabus Tailor Made program the brand announced earlier this year.

Update 06-29-2016: Mercedes has announced pricing for the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio. Check out the prices section below for details.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW i3 94 AH

Originally launched in late 2013, the BMW i3 has stood tall amongst the competition thanks to its premium European packaging and high-end technology. However, standards in the segment are on the rise, especially when it comes to affordability and range per charge. To address this, the Bavarians are introducing a new model series for the i3 called the 94 Ah, which offers an upgraded battery, and consequently, more miles between plug-in sessions. To complement the extra range, the new model also gets a fresh exterior color and a few added features for the interior.

Of course, the biggest news is the 94 Ah’s improved lithium-ion battery, which gets 50 percent higher capacity compared to the regular model, and according to “independent BMW testing cycles,” up to 114 miles of emission-free driving with each full charge.

Some will undoubtedly cry foul, as the first i3 offered up to 123 miles in Eco Pro + mode. So where’s the difference? The 94 Ah’s range was determined in “everyday conditions,” which means Comfort driving mode with the climate control activated, suggesting much more range is possible if you max/min all the settings and drive like a hyper miler (the previous model returned only 81 miles in Comfort mode).

Exactly how many miles is possible when the 94 Ah is pushed to the limit is not yet known, but for now, read on to see how BMW is keeping pace in the world of EVs.

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PostHeaderIcon Modified Smart Fortwo Gets Dirty: Video

The Smart Fortwo isn’t exactly complicated – in fact, it’s one of the most basic modern vehicles on the road. But it’s that simplicity that makes it a fantastic canvas for tuners and the mechanically minded. This video is a great example of that, demonstrating what you get when you take the two-seat kei car and add a little off-roader personality.

Ok, maybe the word “little” isn’t exactly appropriate here. Sure, the car is small, but the modifications are extensive. Posted to YouTube by user “Mr George,” background on the go-anywhere super orb comes via a link to Drive2.ru, which provides a brief rundown on what went into creating the custom mud-churner.

The owner (identified by Yahoo UK as 29-year-old Gerogiy Kosilov from the Ukraine) saw the Smart’s trailblazing potential when he discovered it came with a rear-mounted turbo diesel engine. Sure, it’s only a 0.8-liter inline three-cylinder with 41 horsepower, but properly applied, Kosilov knew the lightweight Smart had what it took to conquer the great outdoors.

The suspension was modified with components from Honda, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen, providing a full 360 mm (14 inches) of ground clearance. Big tires, new bodywork, skid plates, better brakes, and a larger radiator were also added, while all extraneous components were tossed to reduce weight. A whole lotta fabrication later, and the result is an uber-ATV with doors, a roof, and an outta-my-way attitude.

Hit play to see the thing in action in this one-minute, 40-second video of big angles, huge ruts, deep puddles, and grimy mud.


PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Plans To Add Subcompact Hybrid EVs in 2016

Hyundai is on a mission to go green and is slated to release a number of hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell cars by the end of the decade. The next step in its quest is to release a new hybrid model in 2016. The new model is being developed under the name AE, and will be a subcompact, five-door hatchback. It will use a 1.6-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor to deliver improved fuel economy over its current models. Kia, the smaller affiliate of Hyundai, is slated to release the same platform under the name DE.

Following the launch of the Hyundai AE and Kia DE, the South Korean automakers expect to develop a plug-in hybrid line-up as well. The fist model will be the 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid. It should go on sale sometime before the end of 2015, according to Hyundai’s U.S. website. The Sonata has come in hybrid form since the 2011 model year, but it has been the only hybrid model from Hyundai.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Yaris – Driven

There’s just something oddly special about subcompact run-abouts that intrigue me. Perhaps it’s the small size and nimbleness that comes along with it, or maybe it’s the whole value proposition idea. Or maybe it’s just how wildly juxtaposed they are from some of the high-dollar machinery that often graces my driveway. Maybe it’s all three.

Well, I recently spent a considerable amount of time behind the wheel of a 2015 YarisToyota’s version of the entry-level sub-compact hatchback. Between the normal running around town and hauling the family to hurtling down the interstate for a weekend-long concert I was somehow running late for, I guess you could say I gave the Yaris a pretty fair shake.

The Yaris may come in a three-door version, but the five-door is the more practical choice for young families or a college car. That’s how my tester came; decked out, in fact, in the Yaris’ top SE trim. Two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, projector-beam headlights, and fog lights with chrome accents dress up the hatchback into something your high school friends wouldn’t have laughed at.

So how’s the Yaris to live with? Glad you asked. Let’s jump into the details down below.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i20 Active

Having launched a redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in 2014, Hyundai needed less than a year to expand the nameplate’s lineup to no fewer than four models. After the 2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe, unveiled in late 2014, it introduced the i20 Active in India in March 2015 and the race-spec 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Koreans also used the show to present the i20 Active to European enthusiasts as an alternative to the Volkswagen CrossPolo.

Basically a raised, more rugged-looking version of the subcompact hatchback, the i20 Active is aimed at customers with active lifestyles and drivers who need a small car that’s also useful on poor-quality roads outside the city. It’s also part of the Hyundai aggressive campaign to expand into as many niches as possible.

“With the introduction of New i20 Active we further diversify our offering in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model,” said Thomas A. Schmid, COO at Hyundai Motor Europe. “In 2015 our entire crossover and SUV line-up has been renewed, as part of our youngest ever model range in Europe. And with the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.”

As you might have already guessed, the i20 Active won’t be offered in North America. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Hyundai i20 Active.


PostHeaderIcon Abarth 695 Biposto Record

Back in October 1965, Abarth founder Carlo Abarth set a world speed record for acceleration for a class G car at the Monza race track. Abarth was 57 years old when he drove the 105-horsepower Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record, a streamlined one-seater that was built specifically for the purpose of setting international and world speed records. He even had to shed 66 pounds just to fit inside the tight cockpit. That’s no small feat for anybody, let alone someone who was nearing his 60th birthday. Yet Abarth managed to do that on his way to setting a record that still resonates to this day. Now, 50 years after that record-setting achievement, the Italian automaker is paying tribute to that feat with the launch of the Abarth 695 Biposto Record.

The car is based on the 2014 Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto and it comes with cosmetic and mechanical upgrades on the exterior and interior. Only 133 units will be made of the limited-edition hot-hatch, with each model getting a special ‘695 Record’ badge to denote its association with Abarth’s incredible record-setting achievement.

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PostHeaderIcon Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition

Fiat and Yamaha normally have little common other than the fact that they’re considered giants in their respective fields. One is an Italian automaker that owns Ferrari while the other is a Japanese motorcycle company that’s considered one of the best in the world. But the two companies actually have a long history of working together, especially when it comes to MotoGP. In fact, Fiat-owned Abarth and Yamaha have a current two-year deal in place that makes Abarth an official sponsor of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team, as well as its official car supplier for the 2015 and 2016 MotoGP seasons. Thanks to the partnership between these two brands, special edition models like the Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition can find a spot at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition is the latest in a series of special edition Abarths that have been made for Yamaha. On September 11, 2015, Movistar Yamaha was given three Abarth 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition vehicles during a ceremony at Abarth’s headquarters in Turin, Italy. The 695 isn’t expected to go on sale to the public, but the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition is expected to hit dealerships in small quantities.

l hope that Abarth sends the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition to dealerships sooner than later. For now, though, the special edition 595 is at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as a visual reminder that Abarth and Yamaha have a solid relationship that’s built on the pursuit of motor racing success.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ka+

The third-generation Ford Ka was unveiled in November 2013 in Brazil. It was launched about a year later in the same country in both hatchback and sedan body styles. Unlike its predecessor, which shared underpinnings with the Fiat 500, the third-gen Ka is based on Ford’s global B platform, also used by the Fiesta. Available in various markets in South America and Africa since 2015, the supermini is being sold in Europe as well starting 2016.

In case you’re wondering why it took so long for the small hatch to cross the pond, it’s because Ford had to create a version that complies with European safety standards. For instance, the original model developed in Brazil didn’t have standard airbags and lacked many of the features European drivers are accustomed to. Thus Ford created the Ka+, which was introduced in Latin America in late 2015 and it is now being offered in certain markets across the Old Continent. The Ka+ is in many aspects identical to the standard Ka. What makes it stand out are the added convenience features, the two front airbags, and a retuned chassis for European roads.

“Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director at Ford of Europe. “Our all-new Ka+ lives up to the high standards set by our Ford Fiesta, B-MAX and EcoSport compact cars by delivering the style, space, advanced technology and refinement that customers want.”

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Ford Ka+.


PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Baleno

Suzuki introduced two new concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show: the 2015 Suzuki iM-4, which previewed a mini SUV, and the 2015 Suzuki iK-2, which provided a sneak peek of a new subcompact hatchback (supermini) for the European market. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show upon us, the carmaker announced that the production version of the iK-2 concept is set to make its global debut in Germany using the Baleno name.

Described as a vehicle that “harmoniously combines stylish design, spacious interior, and new technologies,” the Baleno borrows heavily from the concept car, but also uses several styling features seen on the Swift. As for the Baleno moniker, it’s not exactly new. Suzuki is actually reviving a name it used for a compact car it produced between 1995 and 2007. Sold with this name in Asia, Australia, and Europe, the Baleno was launched as the Cultus Crescent (later renamed Cultus) in Japan and marketed as the Esteem in North America. The original Baleno was offered as a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan and station wagon. In some markets, it was sold with Maruti and Chevrolet badges.

As hinted by the concept car, the Baleno is Suzuki’s answer to the Volskwagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, the hatchbacks that currently dominate the subcompact segment in Europe. The new five-door is set to go on sale in the spring of 2016.

Updated 09/17/2015: The new Suzuki Baleno made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500

It’s not often that a car becomes so indelibly tied to an automaker that the two become nearly synonymous, but that’s the case with the Fiat 500. While the new, third-generation 2007 Fiat 500 was created in 2007, its predecessor was first launched a half-century prior. Also known as the “Cinquecento” in Italian, the second-generation, or “Nuova” (“New”) 500 was originally billed as affordable, practical, small car for scooting around town. More importantly, it’s the model that marked the rebirth of Fiat and the beginning of recovery for post-war Italy. Nearly 4 million examples of the vehicle were produced over the course of its 18-year production, and today, it remains a true icon of European motoring.

Through the years, the 500 saw a few different body styles and minor equipment changes, but the basic formula remained unaltered from the original. The result was an enormous success for Fiat, and today, it remains part of the automaker’s identity, providing inspiration for the current model with the same combination of nippy performance, small packaging, big practicality and eye-catching looks.

Simply put, the Nuova 500 was, and continues to be, Fiat’s most famous car of the people.

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PostHeaderIcon Smart ForTwo Brabus Caught Testing Before Frankfurt Debut: Spy Shots

Introduced in 2014, the third-generation 2015 Smart ForTwo arrived with massive improvements over its predecessor. The overhaul included a modern and more appealing exterior design, a fancier interior, and a new engine lineup. For 2015, the third-generation model is set to receive its highly anticipated Brabus suit, which will turn the city car into a slightly more aggressive rig. First spotted testing in July 2014, the upcoming 2015 Smart ForTwo Brabus just came out for more testing, and our trusty paparazzi were once again in the right place at the right time.

Not surprisingly, the prototype received a handful of changes since we last saw it, at least on the outside. Interior updates are still a mystery, as is the drivetrain, as it is not yet clear whether the Brabus will use the 0.9-liter, three-cylinder or the bigger 1.2-liter four-banger. However, the likely scenario is the performance city car will use a retuned version of the turbocharged three-pot with some 120 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque on tap. For reference, the current most powerful Smart ForTwo has 90 horses and 99 pound-feet.

We will learn more about the powerplant motivating the ForTwo Brabus as soon as the vehicle breaks cover at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at what we already know about this souped-up city car.

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PostHeaderIcon Mopar Is Already Making The New 500 Unique

It’s been about a week since Fiat unveiled the refreshed 2016 Fiat 500, and the folks over at Mopar have already introduced a line of accessories for Italy’s neo-retro hatch. As usual, we’re talking about “more than 100 specific accessories” that can be used to customize the 500 in many ways. The opportunities are manifold, and allow buyers to take home personalized cars.

Customers can choose between three exterior Sport packs. Dubbed Black, Red and White, each adds a colored stripe along the beltline of the car, as well as matching mirror caps. Additionally, the roof and mirror caps can be wrapped in a choice of five wrapping films, including Microcarbon Black, Matt Silver, Matt Titanium, Military Green and Jeans. Other exterior parts include an array of alloy rims in different designs and sizes (14- to 16-inch), side badges, chrome-plated moldings for the roof and rear spoiler, and a tailgate rack for transporting winter sports equipment like skis and snowboards.

Interior options might not be as varied, but include sporty goodies such as aluminum pedal covers and foot rest and steel kick plates. Buyers can also opt for customized carpet mats and accessories like a coat hanger on the front head restraint.

But wait, there’s more…

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PostHeaderIcon Mopar Is Already Making The New 500 Unique

It’s been about a week since Fiat unveiled the refreshed 2016 Fiat 500, and the folks over at Mopar have already introduced a line of accessories for Italy’s neo-retro hatch. As usual, we’re talking about “more than 100 specific accessories” that can be used to customize the 500 in many ways. The opportunities are manifold, and allow buyers to take home personalized cars.

Customers can choose between three exterior Sport packs. Dubbed Black, Red and White, each adds a colored stripe along the beltline of the car, as well as matching mirror caps. Additionally, the roof and mirror caps can be wrapped in a choice of five wrapping films, including Microcarbon Black, Matt Silver, Matt Titanium, Military Green and Jeans. Other exterior parts include an array of alloy rims in different designs and sizes (14- to 16-inch), side badges, chrome-plated moldings for the roof and rear spoiler, and a tailgate rack for transporting winter sports equipment like skis and snowboards.

Interior options might not be as varied, but include sporty goodies such as aluminum pedal covers and foot rest and steel kick plates. Buyers can also opt for customized carpet mats and accessories like a coat hanger on the front head restraint.

But wait, there’s more…

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Smart Has No Plans For A Crossover

Last month, Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche suggested that Smart might build a small crossover, an idea the German brand considered as early as 2005, when the ForMore concept was almost shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, Smart CEO Annette Winkler denied that the brand plans to expand its lineup with a crossover in the near future.

“We are not planning an SUV,” Winkler said at the Automotive News Europe Congress. “But never say never,” she added, hinting that a lifted Smart is not completely off the table. On the other hand, when asked whether Smart could build a new Roadster, Winkler said “certainly not,” citing too small a market for such a model. Smart build a roadster between 2003 and 2005, halting production after only 43,091 units made.

The brand’s original crossover, based on the ForMore Concept, was cancelled due to Daimler-Chrysler’s financial concerns. At the time, Smart had yet to make a profit after eight years on the market and the ForMore turned out to cost more money to develop than anticipated. The ForMore shared a platform with the C-Class sedan and the GLK-Class crossover (now renamed the GLC), and was supposed to receive a range of four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline and diesel engines.

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Smart Has No Plans For A Crossover originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 13 June 2015 23:00 EST.

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$13,599.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-27-2017 17:23:44 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2007 Chevy Corvette Coupe,Targa Top 6-Speed low miles clean carfax
$25,900.00
End Date: Tuesday May-30-2017 17:54:01 PDT
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2006 Ford Mustang Base Coupe 2-Door 2006 Ford Mustang V6 Premium
$5,399.00
End Date: Tuesday May-30-2017 18:32:22 PDT
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2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG V6 PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE LEATHER 24K MI #310965 Texas Direct
$1,000.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-1-2017 1:49:58 PDT
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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2006 Corvette Z51 6L V8 16V 6-Speed Manual RWD Targa Top Wide Body Kit 550HP NC
$19,900.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 11:43:25 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS 1LE 6-SPD SUNROOF NAV HUD 10K #252775 Texas Direct Auto
$3,050.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 6:43:42 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 2LZ CONVERTIBLE S/C NAV HUD 7K #602115 Texas Direct Auto
$31,100.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-31-2017 17:32:07 PDT
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1950 Chevrolet Other Pickups Base 1950 chevy 3600 pickup (rust free) California truck
$4,050.00 (34 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-30-2017 18:09:26 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Other Pickups -- 2016 Chevy Express 2500 Conversion Van Explorer Limited SE 9 Passenger Hightop
$1,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jun-2-2017 11:56:30 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS w/1SS
$42,659.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jun-2-2017 15:25:41 PDT
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2006 Ford Mustang Base Coupe 139381 Miles 2006 Ford Mustang Base RWD V6 Coupe Keyless Entry Leather Seats
$8,185.00
End Date: Friday Jun-2-2017 11:00:10 PDT
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2016 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 5.2L 6-SPEED TECH NAV 2K #523734 Texas Direct
$1.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jun-2-2017 14:32:59 PDT
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1958 Chevrolet Corvette 2 door 1958 Corvette Pro - Street
$35,550.00 (34 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 14:06:30 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY 3LT AUTO NAV HUD 8K MILES #114303 Texas Direct Auto
$1.25 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jun-2-2017 14:54:06 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CORVETTE Z06 w/ Z07 PACKAGE, PDR, COMPETITION SPORT SEATS 2LZ ALMOST 3LZ C7
$78,950.00
End Date: Friday Jun-16-2017 10:54:46 PDT
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2015 Ford Other Pickups XLT - 4 DOOR 2015 FORD F650 XLT DIESEL TRUCK - SUPER NICE TRUCK - SHOWROOM CONDITION
$84,600.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-6-2017 12:30:44 PDT
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1971 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 7.4L
$30,500.00
End Date: Friday Jun-9-2017 9:22:57 PDT
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2000 Ford Mustang Base Coupe 2-Door 2000 Green Mustang 3.8L V6 Good Running Car
$3,399.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-1-2017 11:19:57 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang 2 DOOR 1968 FORD MUSTANG 2 DOOR 75800 Miles BLUE COUPE V8 Automatic
$19,500.00
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 23:11:02 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang Base Fastback 2-Door 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback Shelby clone 2-Door 6.4L
$56,500.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-1-2017 10:52:41 PDT
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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door BOSE 12 Disc CD CarFax 1 Owner
$1,026.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-1-2017 12:19:16 PDT
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1979 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1979 Chevrolet Corevette Stingray - LOW MILES!!! - T-TOPS!!
$6,500.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-30-2017 8:28:46 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 2LT NAV RED SEATS 28K #134789 Texas Direct Auto
$49,980.00
End Date: Monday May-29-2017 13:53:17 PDT
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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Base coupe Corvette C5 Sports Car
$7,000.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-28-2017 10:00:00 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe 2-Door 6.2L
$70,000.00
End Date: Friday Jun-2-2017 12:03:47 PDT
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