The new 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive might just be the most efficient car on the planet, with a super small footprint yet a roomy interior for two, a lightweight design improving power and battery…

Redesigned 2017 Smart Electric Drive adds range and performance

The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive has been with us since 2013 when it was introduced as a 2014 model, and since then has received rave reviews from those who appreciate efficient EV mobility. Its smooth acceleration improved on the gasoline-powered model's performance, plus it's hard to argue against near zero fuel costs despite a temporary drop in pump prices.

Yes, as it turns out many Canadians haven't fared much better at $27-$54 per barrel than we did when crude hovered between $100-$146, the provincial average gasoline pump price ranging between $0.97 per litre in Saskatchewan and $1.29 in Newfoundland, with Ontario at $1.04 and BC at $1.19 at the time of writing, while the lowest metro price is Edmonton at $0.95 and highest Vancouver at $1.29, Toronto splitting the middle with $1.06 per litre. Hence, alternative fuel vehicles are still just as valid today as they were two and a half years ago before the oil market tanked.

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Smart’s Fortwo is all-new for 2016, with a bolder design, stronger power, sportier handling, a wider stance, a bigger cabin, greater refinement, etc. We review it in base Pure trim including a 3.5-inch…

2016 Smart Fortwo Coupe Pure Road Test Review

Smart's "big" news for 2016 is a totally redesigned Fortwo, and it's been worth the wait. Along with a tougher more assertive pug puppy look, a new and improved interior, plus better driving dynamics it's also larger, which will certainly be a welcome change for those that found themselves rubbing shoulders with their passenger, although possibly disappointing for young and young-at-heart lovers who won't be so close and personal anymore.

It gains 100 mm (3.9 inches) from side-to-side yet it's still Canada's smallest four-wheel car at a mere 2.69 metres (105.9 inches) long, which is identical to its forebear. It remains a two-seater that's surprisingly capable of accommodating very large adults comfortably plus a sizeable cargo haul of 190 litres (6.7 cubic feet) in back when both seats are in use, or alternatively a maximum of 350 litres (12.3 cubic feet) when the front passenger's seat is laid flat. Smart also retains the Fortwo's handy split cargo door that combines a pop-up Read Full Story
The Smart car is new for 2016, with sportier styling, more power, better dynamics, a roomier cabin and improved refinement, and sales are notably up. Available in three trims, Pure, Passion and Prime,…

2016 Smart ForTwo Coupe Passion Twinamic DCT Road Test Review

The world's tiniest car company has big news for 2016, the introduction of the third generation Fortwo. Complete with new styling, a slightly larger footprint, an upgraded interior, more power, new and improved transmissions, and more, the reinvented Smart car hopes to woo Canadian buyers like the original version did in 2004, and after a first drive I must admit they've made a convincing argument for going small.

I've been fortunate enough to experience each Fortwo generation starting with a Euro-market version before the wee little car was officially launched here, at which point I tested the Canadian-spec 2005 Coupe and Cabriolet, then the completely redesigned second-gen 2008 model at its launch program in San Francisco, which was followed up by a 2009 Cabriolet on home soil, and now this entirely new 2016 Fortwo in mid-grade Passion trim.

Passion? Yes, Smart has always gone about things differently, including naming trim levels. Joining the Passion is the Pure Read Full Story
Smart fans have been waiting a very long time for a second-generation Fortwo replacement, and finally a rendering of the new third-generation model, along with the brand’s first foray into a four-seater,…

Smart releases first rendering of next-gen Fortwo and Forfour

Daimler's Smart brand has carved out a unique niche with a loyal ownership following in the microcar segment, but no one including the German automaker itself would argue against the need for a second, larger model to help grow the brand. This need has become even more relevant now that arch rival BMW has created an eco-friendly sub-brand within its blue and white roundel division, with its first entry-level model, the plug-in electric i3, already enjoying significant attention and promising initial sales.

Along with a completely new Fortwo two-seater, Smart will be resurrecting the stillborn Forfour. The Forfour, as the name implies, will seat four and therefore be capable of battling it out with the i3 as well as other four-seat microcars such as the Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Mirage, Nissan Micra, and Scion iQ.

The upcoming Fortwo replacement appears to be designed in a similar monobox body style as the last two generations, with a profile that Read Full Story