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Pre-Paree: Paris Motor Show Set for Oct. 4


Alternative-fuel vehicles will be front and center at this year’s Paris Motor Show, which opens Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 19 at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles. In addition to the Volvo XC90, major debuts are scheduled by the likes of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes AMG GT, and the Jaguar [...]

EV, Hybrid Cash-Back Offers Tops in Industry

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As carmakers pull out all the stops to boost the final month of first quarter sales, cash-back offers on hybrids and electric cars are among the best in the industry. Indeed, three of the top five biggest cash-back deals are on electric cars, and a luxury hybrid ranks in the top ten. Mitsubishi’s 2012 i-MiEV [...]

Smart Electric Drive Wins ‘Greenest’ Award


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) this week presented its “greenest” car award to the 2014 Smart Electric Drive. Smart ED was able to best last year’s winner, the Toyota Prius C, to take home gold as the most environmentally-friendly production vehicle. For the past 17 years, ACEEE has recognized the greenest cars [...]

Car Safety Tips for Buyers


Though not yet standard on U.S. cars, backup cameras and forward-collision warning systems are two newer safety features that experts say might reduce accidents by significant margins. Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration test vehicles and rate them for safety performance. Recently, the NHTSA has added backup [...]

EV Price War: It’s On!


Both Daimler and GM made price cut announcements for their respective electric cars this week, the Smart Electric Drive and the Chevy Volt. The U.S. car giant cut Volt’s sticker price by $5,000, while Daimler AG, maker of the Smart ED, offered a $139 monthly lease on its electric cars. Both automakers have acknowledged that [...]

Smart Electric Gets Price Reduction


Representatives for Smart, an automotive branch of Daimler AG, announced a major price cut for the Smart Electric Drive car and a new plan under which buyers can lease the battery separately. The manufacturer has provided $2,000 per car in rebates that dealerships can use to lower the price. In addition, lower lease rates of [...]

Smart Car Reaches Production Milestone


Daimler’s Smart car achieved a production milestone this week when unit number 1,500,000, an electric Smart Fortwo Cabrio, rolled of the assembly line in Hambach, Germany. July and August will see the plant shut down for upgrades and other maintenance tasks, the facility’s first major renovation in 15 years. The small, agile city car has [...]

Smart Electric Headed to Boston Showrooms


The Smart Electric Drive car will officially go on sale in Boston May 13 for $25,000, before any federal or state tax credits. A spokesperson for the automaker pointed out that pre-orders are brisk. Smart’s closest competitor in the segment is Nissan’s Leaf, which has recently cut its base price to $29,650 and now offers [...]

Smart Fortwo EV Coming to U.S.


Smart has announced that its electric Fortwo will be available in both cabriolet and hatch versions in U.S. showrooms this year. The small EV, officially called Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, can reach 60 mph in about 13 seconds, will carry a sticker price of around $25,000, and offer a per-charge range of approximately 80 miles. [...]

Smart Forstars Concept for the Future

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Does the Smart Forstars concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show give a hint at future design direction for the Daimler subsidiary’s compact Fortwo two seater? Head of Smart, Dr. Annette Winkler, gave an answer in her press conference speech: “The Smart Forstars offers another glimpse into the future of Smart. Some design details of this car you will [...]

Expendables 2: The Schwarzenegger Smart Car


In a movie that looks like it torched over a million gallons of petroleum for special effects, you might not expect to see a highly fuel-efficient vehicle like the Smart Car. While the film’s producers considered using a specially-equipped Jaguar for the scene in question, the new Sylvester Stallone action movie eventually opted for the [...]

Simon Cowell, Smart Car Celeb

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The man with the power to make or break entertainment careers is quite the car enthusiast. Normally, however, Cowell’s tastes run toward high-end sports cars and the occasional Rolls Royce. Simon says his new Smart Car is just the thing for short, gas-saving jaunts around town. So if you see a tiny, black car zooming [...]

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