I guess smart wanted to give up on the USA/Canada early because of our hilariously low sales. Regardless, it looks like Mercedes-Benz is finally following Nicolas Hayek’s dream of having an EV manufacturer (though is ignoring his other proposition of a hybrid smart). By my estimations then, the current 453 generation…
Basically, these are adventure bikes using a Smart ForTwo’s 800cc turbodiesel triple, through a CVT, hence the Mercedes-bait. (I’m not sure if they can come into the US, though.)
I had both Thursday and Friday off last week so I made sure to fill my extra days with ALL THE ACTIVITIES! I started it off by taking a girl on her first ever date and ended it at a wedding then with my all time bestie. I made some time for my babies though. ;)
The garage is basically finished, I just need to paint the walls then polish the floor. That means that Phil can move in now!
It’s basically an Aston Martin. Now give me more silly colours before you stop selling cars, dammit!
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A Mk2 Smart, truly outstanding in its own field.
Last time on State of the Engines, I covered the singular 2-cylinder car... but if you want a 3-cylinder, there’s more options. Most of them are still from BMW, but hey.
So I have a reservation in on a Tesla Model 3 but realize even tho I’m early it’ll be awhile. So I knew I could get a Leaf for under 10k, but wanted something newer (2014), smaller and more towable, etc. If you drove the Leaf vs either of these let me know in the comments.
Had not seen this before and of all places to see it. I guess a Smart would make sense considering the lack of interior space. Maybe they pile the miles on and don’t want to be with out a full size spare when on a road trip. Kinda cool.
My career in being a tech analyst has opened my mind to new ways to observe the world. As a fan of statistics, it plays perfectly into my hobbies. Instead of just reading data, I can compile it and draw fairly accurate conclusions.
smart car trike.
As reported earlier and long before I could write about it myself, Mercedes-Benz USA sent a letter to dealerships telling them that production of the US spec W453 will cease in April, and sales of the petrol smart in the US will end once dealerships run out of stock (of which many 2016s remain).
Well, this is big. Looks like the gasoline-engine smart fortwo is going to be discontinued in North America in September, leaving only the electric drive model.
Many will know of the automated manual gearbox as fitted to amongst others, Smarts. Everyone, especially those who have never met one, knows how terrible they are. Slow, jerky changes that leave your head nodding each time.
Not too long ago, she ran into some shifter issues with her 5 spd manual Battle Beetle and gave it to me to mend. Soon after, she purchased a 2007 Smart ForTwo (no SR20) for me to the go full Wheeler Dealers on. She sold it last week and now owns a brand new Smart. As of now, she has this new Smart and her older Honda…
Here’s the long awaited story of my trip to Los Angeles to pick up my new smart (affectionately named Phil), and the drive back home to Chicago. To be honest, the only things that went to plan were the flight and the purchasing process...outside of that, the adventure was all up to me.