Daimler Gets ‘Smart’ with Smart

Bloomberg News - September 12, 2012

Daim­ler AG intro­duced the diminu­tive Smart car in 1998, but Smart was long ago over­tak­en in city-car inno­va­tion – as a wide field of city cars are now in pro­duc­tion and on the road.

Find out what inno­va­tion will be added to the newest Smart.

Daim­ler is look­ing to re-estab­lish the brand’s posi­tion as an urban mobil­i­ty pio­neer with the first mass-pro­duced elec­tric auto from a Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­er. The car starts deliv­er­ies in the com­ing weeks.

With Smart own­ers dri­ving less than 50 kilo­me­ters (30 miles) a day on aver­age — eas­i­ly with­in the elec­tric version’s range of 145 km per charge — the emis­sion-free mod­el is a good match for its space-sav­ing size, said Smart brand chief Annette Win­kler.

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