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The brainchild of Swatch watch inventor Nicholas Hayek, the Smart car was developed in the late 1980s in order to fulfill the needs of city-dwellers in search of a small, stylish vehicle. Teaming up with Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Hayek and crew applied much of their skill set learned at Swatch to the new minicar, producing a cool, customizable subcompact that was as efficient to manufacture as it was to drive. Although Hayek left the company soon after the first Smart car was launched in 1998, the cute two-seater continues to grow in popularity, with cabriolet and electric-drive versions further expanding the brand's appeal.


A three-quarter front view of a smart fortwo electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive
Transferring the smart fortwo's already-eco-friendly outlook to an all-electric platform, the smart fortwo electric drive uses a small but efficient 30-kilowatt motor that gives the green micro machine an impressive range of nearly 90 miles.

JUNE 2009

smart fortwo brabus cabriolet
This sporty micro convertible features enhanced racing wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and a maximum speed of 96 mph, and even manages to accommodate tall passengers comfortably. It excels with urban driving and has the side benefit of turning more heads than a Ferrari.

A side view of a silver 2009 smart fortwo brabus cabriolet

JUNE 2008

A three-quarter rear view of a red and silver 2008 smart fortwo passion cabriolet

smart fortwo passion cabriolet
Sharing all the features of the passion coupe, the cabriolet version adds a few more: a soft top with a heated rear glass window, an upgraded sound system and an in-dash six CD changer.


smart fortwo passion coupe
More than three feet shorter than a Mini Cooper and with a fuel-efficient engine, the fortwo passion coupe is the perfect car for urbanites who only travel short distances.

smart fortwo passion coupe

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