EVLN: CAD35k funky 2seat 17.6kWh EV> 2019 Smart Cabrio (L2@3kW-only) r-epa:101km/63mi

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2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabrio:  Perfect urban two seater!
December 3, 2018  Nisha Bansal


For 2018/19, there is now a funky All-Electric version of the venerable
Smart Car. Hard to believe the little Smart car had been around for ten
years now. It still keeps the same format, a unique looking, tiny, two door
–two seater car with a teeny hatchback. It is available as a hardtop or
cabrio as tested.

There has been restyling and changes to the exterior and interior, but it is
still identifiably a Smart Car.  The All Electric Smart car will now be the
only Smart Car available to buy in Canada as the gas powered model is phased
out of showrooms. New changes include an updated digital dash display for
the Smart EV’s current charge, and a better charging system.

The Smart Electric is powered by a Three-phase synchronous 60-kW motor,
17.6-kWh battery and is teamed up with an Electric Drive transmission.  The
on-board charger is rated at 7.2 kW, which means it can charge 80 per cent
of the battery in two-and-a-half hours when plugged into a 32-amp power
source. The hardtop Smart Car offers 160 km of gas-free driving range
officially, while the cabriolet’s range is officially 155 kilometres, five
kilometres less due to the extra 30 kilograms of strengthening. Actual
range, as with all EV Vehicle is also dependent on driving style, passenger
and cargo load, terrain and other factors.

The Smart, with its small size is a delight to whizz around in around the
city. Maneuvering in and around tight spaces is easy. Excellent visibility
and the airy cabin offer a great driving experience, even better with the
top down on the cabrio! The light weight coupled with the instant torque of
the electric motor only compliments the fun-to-drive factor. While braking
feel for an EV is a revelation.   Zero-to-100 km/h takes just over 11
seconds, and the car’s top speed is 130 km/h.  

Downsides are the rough ride due in part to the short wheelbase and skinny
tires.  It is also expensive considering what you get. However ever widely
available government incentives in some Canadian provinces can offset the
purchase cost. British Columbia offers a rebates of $5,000 – if you buy an
electric car. The Smart RV is very much a niche car. Dedicated buyers will
no doubt be enthralled by the unique, quirky design, improved and refined.
With zero emissions, the Smart EV is the   ultimate city car that’s well

2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabrio: price with options- $34,890  More
info at www.smart.ca
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EPA's official all-electric range is 63 miles (101 km)

2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabrio - Test Drive Review
Dec 14, 2017 - The 2018 smart fortwo electric drive cabrio really shines
with the top down ... First off, I noticed smart had increased the maximum
charging rate ...

Mahindra KUV 100 EV spied; to launch in 2019
December 3, 2018  Mahindra has expressed its plans of Electric Vehicles in
India. At the 2018 Auto Expo, the automaker showcased the KUV 100 EV. It is
the first of the three EVs ...

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On 4 Dec 2018 at 20:36, brucedp5 via EV wrote:

> Hard to believe the little Smart car had been around for ten years now.

Eh?  Is this article from a time machine?  Somewhere I have a photo I shot
of a Smart in Paris in 1999.  Wikipedia says it was introduced in 1998.

> 2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabrio: price with options- $34,890

Sorry, NO FREAKING WAY.  Not even for a pop top.

David Roden - Akron, Ohio, USA
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Before 2008 smart was only available in USA as grey import.
So, a USA-focused article can easily say that the smart has been around for 10 years (in the USA) even though you saw them 2 decades ago if your field of view extends beyond the US borders….


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On 4 Dec 2018 at 20:36, brucedp5 via EV wrote:

> Hard to believe the little Smart car had been around for ten years now.

Eh?  Is this article from a time machine?  Somewhere I have a photo I shot
of a Smart in Paris in 1999.  Wikipedia says it was introduced in 1998.

> 2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabrio: price with options- $34,890

Sorry, NO FREAKING WAY.  Not even for a pop top.

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[This post is long. Old-timers note: I'm repeating myself (see previous
posts below) for the newer EV owners.]

As an old-oldtimer I have personal (I was there) experience following the
developmewnt of the Swatchmobile > Smart car.

% EVhistory: Way-way back (1990s) when I started finding EV items in paper
magazines (all media outlets were paper back then). I would find EV items in
the automotive magazines at hp's automotive dept. at the (now gone/defunct)
Sunnyvale-CA PTP site.

Back then hp flat bed scanners were new and their OCR
 software would convert 95% of the scanned image of text into ascii text (I
would manually fix the last 5%). Then I woul;d post them to the evdl
listserv (sorry, more than 60% of all my free EV work since 1990 has been
lost/ no longer on the evdl archive).

What paper auto magazine items that caught my attention were their interest
in the moose test of the then Swatchmobile(car) which later was name-changed
to the Smart car.

Back then, paper media had a tremendious grip on companies. Bad story items
would stay in print for years with no way to correct or counter them (vs
today, say something wrong and social media will immediately correct you
with a slam, hurting media outlets). So, back then auto comapnies were very
gun-shy of bad-press.

Smart was orginally trialed outside the U.S. as an EV. But was pulled when
European media outlets dissed the Smart EV with bad press. Later, Smart car
was re-trialed as an ice-version. It wasn't until later when the Smart ice
was well established that a Smart EV was tried again (see below for Smart
car items):

A Car, a Watch? Swatchmobile!
Mar. 28, 1994 ... Make way for the Swatchmobile, a sassy...
Swatchmobile in U.S.
March 16, 1995 ... Mercedes-Benz A.G. plans to sell its compact Swatchmobile
in the United States. Mercedes has said the tiny two-seat car, to be
produced jointly with the Swiss fashion watch maker SMH, will be built in
France starting in 1997. "We will bring it to North America," said Michael
Bassermann, president of Mercedes-Benz North America Inc., in an interview
with Automotive News at the International Motor Show in Geneva ...
Swatchmobile is named Smart
May 17, 1995  The minicar that will be jointly produced by German automaker
Mercedes-Benz and the maker of Swatch watches will be called Smart. The
two-seater, informally known as the Swatchmobile, will go into production in
October 1997 in France and will be marketed and sold through a new network
of franchises separate from Mercedes dealers. Mercedes holds 51% of the
venture, with 49% held by the Swiss Corporation for
Electronics-and-Watchmaking Industries Ltd., the originator of the Swatch
line of fashion watches. The car will sell for about $10,300 to $13,800 ...

A new kind of car company - The Economist
May 7, 1998 - The merger between Daimler and Chrysler, which was announced
on May 7th, ... in a “moose test”, and the upcoming wacky Smart car, which
is small enough to ...

2005 Smart ForFour - Road Test & Review
Dec 29, 2004 - All Smarts are small to American eyes, but whereas the
original Smart ForTwo looks freakishly small even in Europe, the ForFour is
a standard ...

Smart car inventor Nicolas Hayek dies | Autoweek
Jun 29, 2010 - Nicolas Hayek, the engineer and industrialist who founded the
Swiss watch company Swatch and brought the world the Smart car, died on ...

Toronto Hydro seeking volunteers for 4yr Smart-EV drive-lease
Dec 05, 2010 ... 2-seat Mercedes-Benz “Smart fortwo” car ... If cars are
charged up overnight ... they’ll be using power from ... power stations,
which have spare capacity ...

EVLN: Smart Introduces Smart EV gen3
Aug 24, 2011 ...  Smart, which first started producing its iconic city cars
in 1998 and has built a strong following in congested cities around the
world ...

EVLN: EUR19k Daimler Smart electric starts production
Jun 14, 2012 ... Smart plant in Hambach was inaugurated in 1997 and has
produced the Smart fortwo since 1998 – in its second generation since 2007
... Smart Centres across the country are already taking orders, and the
first cars will be delivered in Spring 2013 ...

900-pound elk smashes into tiny Smart car, driver survives
Jul 18, 2016 - A B.C. [ .ca ] man says he has his Smart car to thank for
saving his life after hitting an elk ... Smart car has a customer for life,"
he said ... Markevich's damaged Smart car is seen at a towing company in
Campbell River ...
Moose test - The evasive manoeuvre test is performed to determine how well a
certain vehicle evades a ... The test is repeated with an increased speed
until the car skids, knocks down cones, or spins around ...

Mercedes to stop selling gas-powered Smart car in U.S
Feb 13, 2017 - In a sign of the times, the gas-powered version of the
nation's smallest car is about to disappear from the U.S. motoring scene,
Mercedes-Benz ...

A Brief History Of The Smart Car: From The Swatchmobile To The Electric

History of the Smart Car

Smart Forfour side infront of wall


Ever wondered how the ultimate city car came to be? We take a look at the
interesting history of the Smart car...

A Brief History of the Smart Car

The Smart Car. You either love it or loathe it, but you definitely have an
opinion on it. The compact car has been dividing opinion for many years now,
and whatever your opinion on the microcar, you can’t deny it’s been pretty

But, where did it all begin?

In this article, we look at the history of the Smart car.
When was the first Smart Car made?

The Smart Car actually has a very interesting history, despite it being
quite a young marque.

The makers of Swatch (the brand of watches that were huge in the eighties
and nineties), SMH, started developing an idea for a new car using the same
type of personalisation that they used in their watches. The CEO, Nicolas
Hayek, believed that the automotive industry had ignored the customers that
wanted a small, stylish car. They soon called this idea the ‘Swatchmobile’,
which thankfully, didn’t stick.

Hayek, however, didn’t want to compete with the rest of the automotive
industry by introducing the ‘Swatchmobile’ because he thought that other
manufacturers would feel threatened. Probably not if they went ahead with
the name ‘Swatchmobile’ but anyway, instead of competing, he wanted to
cooperate. And so Hayek approached several manufacturers about his idea,
final reaching an agreement with Volkswagen to share development of the new
city car.

Unfortunately for Swatch, Volkswagen had a new CEO in 1993 who wanted to
terminate the project with SMH. Hayek had an inkling that this was going to
happen, and so started looking for other partners. After being turned down
by several manufacturers including Fiat and Renault, he reached an informal
agreement with Daimler-Benz AG, the makers of Mercedes-Benz.

The deal was announced in 1994 with the formation of Micro Compact Car AG.
It would consist of two subsidiaries; MCC GmbH which would design the car
and SMH Auto SA, which was owned by Hayek, who would design a hybrid
electric drive system for the car.

The first Smart car was launched in October 1998, but Hayek was disappointed
with the final design. While he wanted it to be a hybrid, the first Smart
car was instead a conventional fuel powered car.

When did Swatchmobile become Smart?

Before we go further we should probably tell you how the name Smart came to
be. Hayek wanted ‘Swatch’ to be in the name somewhere, but Daimler-Benz
wanted something more neutral. The final name was to be Smart, which stood
for Swatch Mercedes Art and had actually been used internally for quite some

The factory in which the Smart cars were built was affectionately given the
nickname ‘Smartville’.
When did Daimler-Benz fully own Smart?

During the pre-production of the Smart car, MCC needed more capital. So,
Daimler-Benz recapitalized and increased their share of ownership of the
company to 81%.

After the Smart car was launched, they increased this to 100%, owning Smart
outright. This wasn’t long before Daimler-Benz became DaimlerChrysler.

It was after this that the line of Smart cars were expanded to the Roadster
and the Forfour. It was then that the original Smart car adopted the name

Unfortunately, this didn’t increase sales as Daimler-Benz would have liked
and in the years 2003-2006, Smart GmbH (which is what it was now named) lost
nearly 4 billion euros.

When was Smart liquidated?

In 2005, Daimler decided against purchasing a share in a factory to produce
the Smart ForFour, ultimately ending its production. They were also planning
on producing a Smart SUV called the Formore, but this was abandoned at the
last minute. This was also around the same time the Roadster was also

In 2006, Smart GmbH was liquidated and its operations were absorbed by
DaimlerChrylser. It currently operates under Mercedes-Benz Car division.

When did Smart release their electric car?

Development of the electric Smart Fortwo started in 2006 and field testing
began in 2007.

The second generation of these electric Smart cars was launched in 2009 with
2,000 units produced. They were available in 18 markets around the world to
either lease or through the carsharing service, Car2Go in San Deigo and
The lithium battery in the Smart Fortwos is provided by Tesla Motors.

A more powerful electric Smart car was launched in 2013 after being unveiled
at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. It had a higher top speed and had the
option for quick charging.

The fourth generation was shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, ready to
launch this year (2017). Smart claims that the battery will be a
17.6-kilowatt-hour lithium battery, quite the improvement from the first
generations 14-kilo-watt. It is also expected to have a range of 99miles.

And that pretty much brings us to the present day. You can now get Smart
cars in 46 countries across the world and, as of early 2015, the Smart
Fortwo surpassed 1.7 million units. Not bad for something that was going to
be called the Swatchmobile.
[© osv.ltd.uk]

The Smart story: A ten year success story

It is a radical idea that starts to mature in the heads of the Mercedes-Benz
developers in the early 1970s: as they see it, the "car of the future" must
question all existing preconceptions of cars and put them to test. Sketches
dating back to 1972 show a new, seminal approach. The concept for an
ultra-compact car with a length of two and a half metres is subsequently
developed by Mercedes-Benz. Johann Tomforde, studio engineer at
Mercedes-Benz and development coordinator for the field of "future traffic
systems", is responsible for the project.

Although the idea is impressive, technical realisation is not possible at
this time due to an inability to meet the company's strict safety standards.

However, nine years later the Mercedes-Benz developers succeed in developing
groundbreaking ideas for safety features that only need a small amount of
space in a car. First designs using a "sandwich" principle with a raised
vehicle floor are tested. But the technical realisation is still not
possible on account of the strict Mercedes-Benz safety standards.

In 1991 Mercedes-Benz Design starts the next attempt. The Eco Sprinter and
Eco Speedster show cars are developed in cooperation between the Design
Concept department in Sindelfingen and the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design
Center in Irvine, California. When Johann Tomforde presents them to the
Mercedes-Benz boards in 1993 the enthusiastic response leads to concrete
plans for a new kind of vehicle and a new segment: the micro compact car.

The concept, package and safety concept – later to become characteristic
features of the Smart fortwo – are already clearly apparent in the first
studies. Even then the safety concept was brilliantly simple: like a nut,
the soft interior is protected from harm by a rigid shell.

Joint venture with Swatch
In 1989 Nicolas G. Hayek, the inventor of the Swatch watch, announced plans
to launch a small city car on the market. The car of the future should
appeal to people as a statement rather than a status symbol.

Hayek then sought an experienced partner for the quick and successful
realisation of the project. The combination of Mercedes-Benz's vast
experience in building cars coupled with Swatch's creative powers brought
together two ideal partners for this project. The cooperation results in a
unique vehicle concept and a new automobile brand: smart.

Shortly after initial negotiations between Mercedes-Benz and Nicolas Hayek,
Micro Compact Car AG is founded. The company headquarters are in Biel,
Switzerland. In the search for a production site more than 70 locations
worldwide are evaluated. In 1994 Hambach in France is chosen. The first
pan-European car brand is born: the company headquarters are in Switzerland,
the development centre in Germany, and the car is produced in France. The
car is set to conquer the cities of Europe!
World premiere in 1997 at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Following the start of development in 1994, in 1997 the Smart city coupé
(later renamed Smart fortwo) celebrates its world premiere at the
International Frankfurt Motor Show. Production begins in July 1998 in a new
plant in Hambach, France. The following October sees the new car being sold
for the first time in nine European countries (Austria, Belgium, France,
Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland). In the
same year, Smart becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler-Benz AG (now
Daimler AG).

Further models and series
In 1999 at the Frankfurt Motor Show the young brand surprises the world
public with a whole host of new model studies. A cabrio version is presented
that is based on the Smart city-coupé and that opens a whole new dimension
to the "closed" micro car community – the roof! The Smart cabrio offers pure
joie de vivre. From the spring of 2000 the world's smallest production
cabriolets roll off the production line and onto European roads.
Thanks to the innovative roof construction, the cabrio version of the Smart
offers three open-top driving variants: the electrically-operated folding
top can be opened to any desired position at the touch of a button. In
addition, the electrically locked rear top is very simple to open. And
finally, the side roof bars can also be removed and stowed in a compartment
specially designed for this purpose on the inside of the boot lid.

Smart with a cdi engine
Whilst the world is talking about the introduction of the "three litre" car
at the beginning of the new millennium, shortly after the presentation at
the Frankfurt Motor Show at the end of 1999 Smart launches the cdi engine
that consumes 3.4 litres of fuel over 100 kilometres. The most economical
form of car transport is born and is a great success. More than 140,000
Smart cdis are sold up to the introduction of the successor model in 2007.
2002: Smart crossblade for sheer open-air motoring
A special vehicle variant launched on the market in 2002 provides maximum
openness - the Smart crossblade. It has no doors, no roof and no windscreen.

Its drivers can enjoy a truly unparalleled driving experience under open
skies with the sun and wind in their face. All that affects sheer dynamic
motoring is a narrow tinted wind deflector stretched across the cockpit
area. Instead of conventional doors, the crossblade is equipped with steel
safety bars at passenger shoulder height. These swing upwards with the help
of a gas-operated strut. A year later Smart decides to produce a small
series of this vehicle. When the Smart crossblade is launched in the spring
of 2002, Smart partner Robbie Williams snaps up the chance to get his own
personal model. Shortly afterwards, the model with the number 8 of 2 000 of
the limited crossblade series finds a place in his garage.

2003: Smart roadster and roadster-coupé
The Smart roadster and Smart roadster-coupé that are launched in April 2003
offer a particularly intensive and sporty motoring experience. These two
vehicles continue the tradition of compact, purist roaders which had their
heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.

At the end of 2005 production of the Smart roadster and roadster-coupé is
discontinued. During the two years that these two versions are built on the
platform of the Smart fortwo they emphatically demonstrate the dynamism of
this vehicle concept.

2003: Smart fortwo model refinement
A new, larger three cylinder engine gives the petrol versions of the Smart
fortwo (previously the city coupé and cabrio) more power. Following the 2003
model refinement, the entry-level version has a 50 hp (37 kW) engine. The
higher power Smart now delivers 61 hp (45 kW) from 698 cubic centimetres.
The new generation of petrol engines complies with exhaust gas standard EU4.
The successful 41 hp (30 kW) cdi diesel engine remains unchanged.

Further new features make the vehicles even more comfortable, safe and
dynamic. Smart offers technologies to customers as standard that otherwise
only come as part of the standard spec in higher vehicle classes: the
previous stability control system trust plus is replaced by the electronic
stability programme esp® as a standard feature, which also works with
selective brake intervention to stabilise the vehicle. In addition, esp®
includes further functions which enhance the comfort and safety of the
vehicle such as hill start assist, brake assist and acceleration skid

In 2003 the Smart logo and vehicle names are also changed: the city-coupé
and cabrio are renamed the fortwo coupé and fortwo cabrio. The car proudly
displays its purpose in its name: fortwo – driving fun for two. From this
point in time the front also bears the Smart ring as the new brand logo.

2003: Smart fortwo BRABUS
In the same year the BRABUS versions developed by the joint venture
smart-BRABUS GmbH are presented. As early as 2002 Smart and the tuning
specialist Brabus from Bottropform a joint company. In 2004 smart-BRABUS
GmbH opens a new company headquarters in Bottrop - an ultra-modern
technology and competence centre costing 16 million euros.

2004: Smart forfour
In 2004 Smart departs from the principle of two seats and a rear-mounted
engine for the first time with the launch of the forfour. The sporty
five-door car has unaccustomed dimensions for the brand and opens up a new,
highly competitive market segment for smart. The Smart forfour is larger
than all the brand's previous models. Production of the four-seater Smart
ends in the summer of 2006 after the decision is made to concentrate solely
on the fortwo.

2005: Smart crosstown
The Smart crosstown show car presented at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
combines a petrol and an electric engine in a forward-looking hybrid drive.
It shows the potential of the unique Smart fortwo vehicle concept and
arouses curiosity in the reinterpretation of the Smart fortwo to be launched
in the spring of 2007. However, there are no plans for series production of
the open vehicle with a steeply-angled windscreen.
At a technology forum in 2005 Smart presents further vehicle studies with
alternative drives: in addition to a prototype of the Smart fortwo ev
(electric vehicle), the company exhibits a Smart fortwo with natural gas
drive, a mild hybrid and a cdi hybrid.

2006: Smart formore
In 2006 Smart presents a concept for an off-road vehicle - the Smart
formore. As a Smart utility vehicle (suv), this all-wheel-drive Smart shows
the potential of the brand in the compact off-roader segment and conveys the
core brand values of innovation, functionality and joie de vivre.

2007: the second generation Smart fortwo
Almost ten years after the first pilot production smarts rolled off the
production line the new Smart fortwo is launched on the market. The
engineers have built on the strengths of this visionary classic and further
developed its virtues.

Concentration on the Smart fortwo
Following the decision to stop production of the Smart roadster at the end
of 2005 and the Smart forfour mid 2006, everything concentrates on the Smart
fortwo and the successor model planned for 2007. Since 2007 Smart has been
fully integrated in the organisation of the Daimler business division
Mercedes-Benz Cars, which also comprises the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and AMG
[© daimler.com]

Introduction to How the Smart Car Works
The Swatch Company collaborated with Daimler-Benz (after a failed venture
with Volkswagen) to create the first City Coupe under the company name Micro
Compact Car (MCC). Development began in 1994, and the first car was unveiled
at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997 ...

[OCR Daze]
Jun 11, 2014 ... Way back in the 1990's, the Smart was actually originally
designed to be an EV. It was their management that caved-in when they were
heckled by the European press, and pulled their EV from the European market.
After that experience, their management decided to not offer their EV in N.
America. They did successfully sell their ice-retrofit version of the Smart
in Europe, and years later in N. America ...

... Way-back-machine:
Back around the beginning of 1990's when the Internet was developing and
newswire subscription was just not made available to the public like today,
I was physically flat-bed scanning and OCR 'ing automotive magazine pages to
glean the text for posting on the evdl ... Smart was timid about everything.
Almost all
plans to produce any version of Smart (EV or not) was put on hold for
a long time because at the time the Smart did not pass the Moose-Test
(a swerve test, i.e: to miss hitting a moose).
After all tests past, Smart did not sell or lease a vehicle until much
later. Even then it was only the fuel version in very small quantities to
the Euro market only. The Euro press chewed the Smart up bad, but the
vehicle was so well designed and received it gained in public standing. The
Euro press never admitted they were wrong, but did back off beating up the
Smart. Note: Smart on U.S roads was an ICE long before the EV version was
offered (albeit for lease-only) ...
Feb 17, 2011

 ... Compared to what I used to have (having to get and transpose EV items
from paper magazine pages), we (the plugin community) are bathed in a wealth
of interesting items (it is so much easier now). I doubt anyone today would
even consider reading a news item I had found that ... I had OCR scanned
from an Automotive magazine, and ported the text to a EVLN post. Those were
much leaner times, and anything we could get to read about EVs were few and
far between ...
Apr 21, 2017  

 ... When I was supporting the three buildings at the Sunnyvale, CA hp site
[now defuant], they had an Automotive division that was working with
Maserati & Lotus using hp's digital<>analog computers to design a test
station (this was long before PCs, and when vehicle test stations in garages
weren't even heard of/the norm). It was cool to go by and see what they were
doing. I was again impressed with hp's forward thinking (as if they could
see the future). By working their hi-tech (of the time) to test a vehicle
via a plugin harness, they could test all vehicle components. :
Sweet/way-cool :
This also gave me the beginnings of my sharing newswire pieces before there
were [internet] newswires as we know them today. At that site hp's small
Automotive sales team (aligned with the aforementioned R&D), had
subscriptions to all the Automotive magazines. I secured permission to
peruse them during off hours, and scan/OCR news worthy items out of their
pages (back then all the news came in paper form only ...).
After gleaning EV items out of the Automotive sales teams magazines for
quite a while, one of the big [automotive dept.] sales types asked what I
was doing. After explaining to him all my [free] hard work to provide that
printed information in electronic form to the evdl, he smiled with a smirk,
and walked off [in disbelief]  ...
Jan 01, 2013
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Smart ... is a German automotive marque and division of Daimler AG, based in
Böblingen, Germany. It ranges in microcars and subcompacts, primarily the
Fortwo and Forfour ...

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