Founded in 1993 by Swatch, the famed Swiss watchmaker that teamed up with Daimler-Benz to form the Micro Compact Car AG, they created one of the most unique vehicles to hit the road. The Smart car was certainly a bold creation that was noted for its small size and excellent fuel economy. While the Smart vehicle was certainly one in a long line of small, fuel efficient cars, it was the overall style and panache that set it apart from the competition.
The Smart City-Coupe was the first model, a two-seater that offered great gas mileage as well as the ability to park in small spaces. In addition, the Smart car was lauded for its attention to safety thanks to the tridion Safety Cell which is layers of steel that can better absorb an impact. As the City-Coupe version was generating more interest, Daimler-Benz bought out the company from Swatch.
By 1998, the City-Coupe was made available across Europe and enjoyed a considerable amount of success thanks to its size, fuel economy, safety record and low price. By 2003, the Roadster and Roadster-Coupe were released, but the public was not enthused about these designed. The City-Coupe then received more attention as the design was slightly changed in 2006 to create the ForTwo model.
The ForTwo is essentially a City-Coupe with upgraded features, most notably in the safety department and a new interior design. In addition, the Brabus version was launched with featured a sport suspension, exhaust system with two center tips and power steering. However, the biggest move for the Smart car was its trip across the Atlantic where it was released in the US market. While initially greeting with some skepticism, the Smart began catching on as fuel prices soared in 2008 and 2009. Combined with its reasonable price, the Smart became a very popular commuter vehicle in most urban areas.
Today, the Smart ForTwo ED version is currently the only major model, although new versions are being developed. An all-electric version of the Smart car that was initially released in 2008 is now enjoying its third generation on the road. With its unique appearance, high fuel mileage, and low price, the Smart car is certain to be around for the foreseeable future.
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