Press Kit: The history of the smart: “reduce to the max”

Press Kit: The history of the smart: “reduce to the max”

Jul 12, 2007
Stuttgart
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No roof, doors, or windshield: The smart crossblade is an uncompromising interpretation of the concept for this vehicle.
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Family features: Although the engineering is different in the forfour compared with the fortwo, the striking color-highlighted Tridion safety cell shows the family resemblance.
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Open to the elements: smart crossblade on the road.
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Made for two: As early as 1982, the NAFA model presented a practical automotive solution to problems of urban mobility.
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Four doors: The smart forfour offers room for twice as many passengers as the original smart.
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Small, black, and packing a punch: smart fortwo cabrio nightrun edition.
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Quick-change artist: Concept for the exterior of the smart crosstown study.
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Top-drawer small convertible: smart fortwo grandstyle edition.
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For the cruise into town: smart crosstown show car
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Distinctive safety zone: The Tridion safety cell can be easily identified in the smart cabrio by the color scheme of the bodywork.
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Safety is silver: The passive safety system in the smart fortwo coupe is based on the Tridion safety cell which also functions as a design element.
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A meeting of special editions: smart limited/1 from 1998 (left) and smart fortwo red edition from 2006.
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Fiery funmobile: smart fortwo red edition.
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Small but stylish: The smart eco sprinter design study from 1993 focused on a compact format with refined appointments.
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Two-and-a-half meters of passion: smart coupe passion.
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As bright as the Californian sunshine: The smart eco speedster (1993) prefigured the design concept for the smart cabrio.
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A splash of color: The cockpit design for the smart eco speedster reflects its early 1990s origins.
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Leather in conjunction with refined design: The smart eco sprinter (1993) demonstrated that less room doesn’t have to mean spartan equipment.
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Lightweight gold medalist: The micro compact show car presented in Atlanta in 1996 with its dynamic and open look.
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See-through innovation: The show car in Atlanta in 1996 had no doors.
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For emergencies: smart with fire-fighting equipment as a highly maneuverable alarm and control car.
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Full transparency: The smart transparent study of 2000, with components made from see-through plastic, highlighted all the engineering and design details
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Debut in the most amazing city in the world: This show car exhibited in Paris in 1996 already heralded the two-tone design for the later smart series.
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Not just for the city: smart crosstown design study.
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A car for all seasons: Winter testing of the smart in 1997.
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Mirror image: smart city coupe during test drives in the USA in 1998.
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One of the pack: smart city coupes during test drives on highways in the USA in 1998.
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Street cred: smart city coupes during test drives in the USA in 1998.
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Gave the finishing touches to the smart: Bruno Sacco, Mercedes-Benz Chief Designer.
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Tests in Europe: Testing the smart in August 1997 around the streets of Barcelona.
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The brains behind the smart: Johann Tomforde, shown here during trial driving in Europe in August 1997.
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Compact design: Three-cylinder engine and exhaust system in the smart city coupe in 1998.
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Not an everyday sight: smart city coupes on highways in the USA during test drives in 1998.
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Nice rear view: Trial driving with the smart city coupe in the USA in 1998.
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Asphalt strip as far as the horizon: Fleet of smart city coupes in 1998 during test drives in the USA.
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Spectacular backdrop: Test driving the smart city coupe in 1998 in the USA.
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Compression ignition: Diesel engine of the smart cdi from 1999.
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Sporty controls: cockpit of the smart roadster.
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New York as new territory for the smart fortwo.
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Forerunner: In 1982, the NAFA short-radius car laid the foundation for the smart success story.
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