Smart Car Reviews
Nicolas Hayek, CEO of Swiss watch maker Swatch, wanted to create an affordable vehicle for young people that could transport two people and a case of beer. He went to Volkswagen to assist him with production of this car. This teaming failed to produce results so Hayek turned to Daimler-Benz. They designed a two-seater model, named the Fortwo, and a four-seater model, named Forfour. After building a factory in Lorraine France, the first car was launched successfully in nine European countries in 1998. Hayek however had envisioned the smart car to have a hybrid drivetrain engine rather than the relatively conventional gasoline engine that was used.
Eventually Daimler-Benz bought out the shares owned by SMH (Swatch) and went on to experience quite the substantial loss of 4 billion euros from 2003 to 2006 despite previous attempts of expansion. Smart is now a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz Cars of Daimler AG and only produces the Smart Fortwo
Some popular smart models include the Smart ForTwo, and the Smart Roadster.
The Smart Fortwo is a city coupe; it was the original Smart Car that was produced in 1988. The Smart Fortwo is a microcar that was designed for easy driving and easy parking. The car comes with a choice of turbocharged three-cylinder engines.
The Smart Roadster is a two-door sports car which was put into production in 2003. The Smart Roadster is slightly more powerful than the Smart Fortwo with a 6 speed semi-automatic transmission. The Smart Roadster’s wheelbase is slightly longer than that of the Smart Fortwo. Production was eventually stopped in 2006.