The Smart Car Makers

There are smartphones and there are smart cars. But who makes Smart cars? The keywords are these two things: Swatch the timepiece and Mercedes-Benz.

There are smartphones and there are smart cars. But who makes Smart cars? Before we get there, let’s check out the history of this brand first.

The History behind the One Who Makes Smart Cars

The History behind the One Who Makes Smart Cars
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A Smart car is a brand for small, micro, and subcompact cars. The idea came from Nicolas Hayek, the company head of Swatch, a famous brand for watches. The name itself is actually an acronym:

SMART = Swatch – Mercedez Art

SMART = Swatch – Mercedez Art
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Although the idea came from the company head of Swatch back in the 1980s, it was not materialized until there was a deal with Mercedes-Benz. It had taken several tries and multiple failures to make this idea happen. Hayek called it the Swatchmobile Project.

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The idea began in the early 1990s when Mercedes-Benz and Swatch joined forces to create a company called Micro Compact Car AG (MCC). The head office of MCC was set in Switzerland in 1994.

From the time MCC Head Office was set up to Smart Cars’ official release had been quite a long road too. Between 1998 to 2000 was the time Smart cars were first released. After that, steady expansion and revision have taken place to make this brand look and function better.

Mercedes-Benz and Daimler on Smart Cars

Mercedes-Benz and Daimler on Smart Cars
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Despite the original acronym, Mercedes-Benz was not the only vehicle brand involved in the making and development of Smart cars. Hayek had also tried to reach out other car companies for this project, like BMW, Fiat, General Motors, Renault, and Daimler-Benz AG. From all of these brands, Hayek made an agreement with Daimler, which is also the maker of Benz cars.

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The Smart Car Models

The Smart Car Models
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Nowadays, Smart cars are no longer produced for the USA. However, many dealers and owners still keep some of them and in very good condition.

Smart cars also come up in a variety of models, like:

  1. Coupe (Smart EQ ForTwo).
  • Pure.
  • Passion.
  • Prime.
  1. Cabrio (Smart EQ ForTwo).
  • Passion.
  • Prime.
  • Prime Sports Premium.
  • BRABUS Xclusive.
  1. The Regular ForTwo.
  • Pure.
  • Passion.
  • Prime.
  • Prime Sports Premium.
  • Disturbing London Edition.
  • BRABUS Xclusive.

 

  1. The Smart ForFour:
  • Pure.
  • Passion.
  • Prime.
  • Prime Sports Premium.
  • Disturbing London Edition.
  • BRABUS Xclusive.

Not all Smart cars are electric, except the ForTwo Electric vehicle which was released in 2006. Its fourth generation was released in 2016, which could go as fast as about 99 miles.

Although Smart cars are no longer produced in the US, you can still find their models at some Mercedes-Benz dealers.

Now you know who makes Smart cars.

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