I am a big family car owner myself (A Vauxhall Meriva), but this post is about a car I have often thought I wouldn’t be seen dead in! But recently I am starting to change my mind. I am talking about the Smart car. Small, economical and cheaper than some big screen TV’s, they sell enough of these cars each year to make it one of the Worlds best-selling cars. but I am sure I am not alone in my loath for them. So let us find out if we can at least smile at some very customised versions of this very common car…
BONUS CONTENT: The Top 10 Facts About The Smart Car
10 – Little Tikes
FACT: Smart Cars are known to have passed the highest global crash and passenger safety test standards in the world making it a very protective driving bubble!
9 – The Salad Mobile
FACT: The Penske Automotive Group didn’t think it was going to sell that many and gave over the distribution, sales and marketing of the microcar company to Mercedez-Benz in 2011! More fool them I say.
8 – Work of Art
FACT: In the US, the Smart Fortwo is at the top of the list of most fuel-efficient, cost efficient cars on the market today, and also one of the cheapest electric ones!
7 – Covered in Grass
FACT: The third generation “Smart ED” or the Smart electric drive car launched this year (2013) and was the first electric car to be able to go over 100 miles on a single charge!
6 – Monster Trucks
FACT: Mercedes-Benz operates Smart under its patronage and only offers the Fortwo to the market, all the other models are done via third-party firms.
5 – The Tiny Tank
FACT: Why is a smart car, called a smart car? Because Smart was originally an acronym for ‘Swatch Mercedes Art’ before it was adopted as a neutral company name by MCC and Daimler-Benz! I love this fact.
4 – Gold-plated Smart Car
FACT: The Smart car came into existence in two halfs of a pea, and it wasn’t until the successful partnership between SMH (makers of Swatch) and Daimler-Benz happened that they could put both halfs of their experience and knowledge together and make it whole!
3 – His and Hers
FACT: While their owners know that a Smart car has great design and performance the reason 80% of their owners brought it was all down to money! After all, why spend hundreds on fuel a year when it could be costing a lot, lot less! Hard times indeed.
2 – The Small Rouge One
FACT: Do you think the smart car reminds you of something? Well, maybe it is because the original and unique design of the first model was backed by Volkswagen and was very loosely modelled on the VW Beetle!
1 – The Batmobile
FACT: While the main factory for manufacturing these Smart cars in Hambach, France they don’t have any offices there other than middle staff management, their main office work and company headquarters are in Boblingen, Germany!