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Scheduled to be unveiled sometime in the third quarter of the year, the 2015 Smart ForTwo is almost ready to go into production, as company engineers are conducting final road tests in different environments. Although our spy photographers have spotted the new tiny vehicle in all shapes and sizes, and stretching their legs in both warm weather and near-freezing conditionss, the ForTwo’s design is still a mystery. However, with the brand new Renault Twingo out in the open, we can imagine what the next Smart will bring styling-wise.

Why should we look at the Twingo to figure out more about the ForTwo? Well, it’s already common knowledge that the ForTwo and ForFour pair of Smarts have been developed in conjunction with the French car. All three will share a rear-wheel-drive architecture with an engine mounted it the back, while both the Twingo and the ForFour will wear a similar shell.

Because the two share about 70 percent of their components, they will be built at Renault ’s Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia. The ForTwo, which will sport the same body panels as the ForFour minus the rear doors, will continue to be assembled in Hambach, France, the tiny vehicle’s traditional home.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Smart ForTwo.

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We’re all waiting for the new generation fortwo to arrive, but it looks like smart decided to make us wait a little bit longer. Until the new model arrives, smart unveiled a new special edition based on the current-generation fortwo .

The new fortwo citybeam is distinguished by special striking body panels that buyers can ordered in light blue, silver metallic or matte anthracite, depending on the market and customer preferences. Other standard features include: titanium-colored headlamps, LED daytime driving lights and special logos in the mirror triangles.

Customers can place their orders for the new smart fortwo edition citybeam starting January 15, with the first deliveries coming in April 2014. Customers can choose between either a combustion engine or an electric motor and coupe or convertible. Prices will start from €14,490 — $19,700 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 smart fortwo edition citybeam.

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Smart Fortwo

The next generation Smart ForTwo was caught testing in many times, but pretty much each time we were looking at a mule, not at the real deal. However, today our spy photographers managed to catch the car wearing the real Smart nose up front. As a proof this is the part of the body that wears pretty much all the camouflage.

The new ForTwo will be developed in cooperation with Renault as a result of a previous agreement signed between Daimler, Renault Renault , and Nissan in April 2010. It will be built on a new platform called Project Edison that will also be used for the upcoming Twingo, but also for the next ForFour. All three models will get a rear mounted engine and a rear-wheel-drive system. This new platform will make the next ForTwo a little bit larger than the current generation.

Expect the new Smart ForTwo to be unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Car Show, and click past the jump for a closer look at this tiny machine testing somehwere warm.

Smart production cars don’t leave too much in the way of the imagination. But as far as its concepts are concerned, the Daimler-owned company has produced some pretty interesting design studies in the past couple of years.

Two, in particular, that stand out are the Smart Forstars Concept and the Smart For-Us Concept . At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Smart is unveiling yet another concept vehicle, one that appears to be more audacious than anything the company has done outside the Forspeed Concept .

The vehicle is called the FourJoy Concept and really, it’s hard to come up with an appropriate adjective to describe this door- and rear window-less vehicle.

The easiest way to probably do it is to say that it’s "unique" and even saying that requires some loose definition of the word. In the end, though, this is the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Smart when it comes to concept vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Smart FourJoy Concept

The smart forjeremy , which we first saw in concept guise at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, is headed to production. On a limited basis, that is.

We don’t know if we’re happy about this or we think this is a complete novelty.

Make no mistake; we love Jeremy Scott. I, for one, actually have a pair of his Adidas sneakers as part of my collection. But on a car, even the diminutive size of the smart fortwo?

We’re not flipping over backwards, that much we can tell you.

The good thing is that the production version of the forjeremy has been toned down from the concept, which may not seem like much, considering that the wings are still there.

In any case, we understand why this car will still be a popular model. That’s the effect of having Jeremy Scott tied to it. The man is a fashion institution, especially to the younger market, the same market that smart will undoubtedly target for this model.

Can’t say he disagree on that.

Click past the jump to read more about the smart forjeremy

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The British market has received a new special-edition smart fortwo . It is called Edition21 and can be financed for as little as £79 ($120.25 at the current exchange rates) per month for clients aged over 21. The model is priced at £9,575 ($14,400 at the current exchange rates) for the coupe and £11,075 ($16,700) for the convertible. It will be built in limited numbers.

This special edition will be distinguished by a black tridion safety cell (white as an option), black mirror caps and a set of sharp 15-inch three-double-spoke alloy wheels. In order to further identify it, the model will also get special "Edition 21" logo on the mirror triangles and a choice of black or white body panels.

For the interior, the Edition 21 adds black fabric or leatherette upholstery and a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles.

This special edition will make use of smart’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 71 horsepower.

With a tuning firm like Carlsson, you can always expect a number of surprises.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , the German tuner has unveiled a race edition for a car you normally wouldn’t associate the word “race” with: the smart fortwo .

Aerodynamically, the fortwo Race Edition comes chock-full with new components, including a modified body kit, a new set of LED daytime running lights, a sports exhaust system, an in-house sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 15 mm (0.59 inches) on the front and 30 mm (1.18 inches) on the rear. Finally, Carlsson also fitted the compact car with a new set of 17-inch one-piece alloy wheels.

Since the car is a "race edition", Carlsson just had to make improvements on the fortwo’s performance numbers. But thanks to some fine German engineering, Carlsson was able to drive up the output of the car’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine from the standard 84 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 112 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque.

With the upgrades in tow, the fortwo Race Edition can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 96 mph, 6 mph faster than the stock fortwo.

Collaborations are always happening in the auto industry. Whether it’s with a fashion label, a timepiece maker or even a furniture company, there aren’t any shortages of partnerships that give birth to special-edition models.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , smart is bringing one special edition model, called the fortwo BoConcept.

Built and designed in collaboration with the Danish interior design company BoDesign, the fortwo Concept is based on the cabriolet version of the [fortwo->http://www.topspeed.com/cars/smart/2012-smart-fortwo-ar124008.html and was designed to really catch peoples’ attention.

For starters, the fortwo BoConcept was given a matte-white paint, and complemented by a roof and door mirrors that were treated to a matte oriental brown metallic finish. The exterior is then fitted with a set of Brabus Monoblock VII alloy wheels to give off a pretty impressive look for a smart fortwo.

Inside, smart and BoDesign wanted to recreate a mobile living space and, for the most part, they accomplished that by using such materials like tobacco brown leather covers the steering wheel, seats and door trim panels, a grey finish on the doors and backrests, light-lemon stitching on the seats and the steering wheel, and a few more yellow accents on the mirrors.

All told, there really is something about the fortwo BoConcept that catches your attention. Take away the fact that it’s a fortwo for a second and concentrate on the uniqueness of the product; that’s what makes this collaboration pretty special.

The auto industry and the fashion world have had collaborations since time immemorial. So it comes as no surprise that with the 2013 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, we’re seeing more and more of these partnerships come out of the woodwork again.

The latest one comes by way of smart and French urban fashion label Zadig & Voltaire. Considering the target market for both companies - the young, lifestyle-oriented, “it” crowd - the smart/Zadig & Voltaire collaboration appears to be, well, a "smart" one.

Available for both the coupe and cabriolet models of the fortwo , the Zadig & Voltaire limited edition will come to Geneva dressed to impress in a black finish with a silver motif trim that’s distinctively dressed in the famous Zadig & Voltaire styling. The mirror caps also stand out for the choice of color while the LED daytime running lights add a touch of luxury to the normally subdued compact car.

Inside, the modifications are more striking, particularly the use of a black and anthracite leather with matching yellow stitching, including the enormous yellow embroidery on the back seat that pretty much tells you who designed this car: "smart by ZV".

If you look at the lower part of the dashboard and doors, more of the black and anthracite leather with embossed pattern and yellow stitching can be found, ensuring that there’s no way you’ll ever think of the smart fortwo by Zadir & Voltaire as just a standard model.

As soon as it finishes its stop at the Geneva, the fortwo Zadig & Voltaire Edition will retail in dealerships for €17,100 ($22,876) for the coupe and €20,450 ($27,358) for the cabrio.

Smart ForFour

It’s been a while since we last heard something about the smart fortwo and forfour , but today our spy photographers have caught the two prototypes during winter testing in Sweden. The forfour will be pretty much identical to the fortwo, as it will be just a four-door version of the latter.

Both the forfour and fortwo will be built on a new platform that will also be used for the next-generation Twingo, and a future model from Nissan. This new platform has been developed as a recent cooperation between Daimler, Renault and Nissan. Despite rumors suggesting that Renault Renault has dropped interest in this co-operation, the two mules were seen with French plates and a Dacia Dacia Duster with French plates was used as a security vehicle to protect the two prototypes. Those facts could mean nothing, but they could also mean that Renault has regained interest.

Both the fortwo and forfour were heavily camouflaged, but rumors suggested that the production version will take inspiration from the Smart forstars concept revealed at the 2012 Paris Car Show.

Expect the new-generation Fortwo to hit the market in 2014, with the forfour coming in 2015.


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