May 2012 Blog Posts (14)

29 cents a minute lets you buzz around Berlin in a smart car

Last month, the largest car2go fleet was deployed in Berlin.  Now for 29 cents per minute (or 0.23 Euros) you can take a smart car tour of the city.

Car-sharing membership is expected to balloon up to around 15 million people in less than a decade, as…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 31, 2012 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Front protection from small animals

I have twice had a run in with a raccoon, first time only cost about $250 dollars. Just had another encounter, this time it was $3300, does anyone have an idea how front can be protected?

Added by Richard Shirey on May 27, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments

A Benefit Analysis of Electric Vehicles

As all of you know by now, the smart 2013 electric drive will be available for purchase in the US later this year. Here are some advantages/facts about electric vehicles that you may not know:

1) Even in states where coal-burning power plants predominate, an electric-drive (EV) vehicle accounts for fewer emissions than does a conventional vehicle

2) EVs also compare well on fuel costs, saving their owners as much as $1,200 a year over the average new conventional internal…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 26, 2012 at 5:27pm — No Comments

MY13 Wheel Options

Car color…check. Interior color…check. Rims…here we go. These MY2013 wheel options will guarantee your smart stands out in a crowd (not that it won’t do it on its own.)

If there are any designs that you would like to see, let us…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 23, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

ABS & ESP Problem

I have just had my first "issue" with Buzz. At 12,300 miles, both my ABD and ESP lights have come on. Being 4 1/2 hours from my dealer, I took it to an independent shop and they told me it threw a code C1113 which is supposed to be the right front speed sensor. looking at it, there is a scratch on the tone wheel, maybe from a piece of dirt or a small rock. Does anyone know if the tone wheel is a separate piece or part od the bearing?

Added by Stu on May 22, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments

MY13 Upholstery Options

Last week, we showed you exterior panel colors for the new 2013 smart. Now, we want to give you an “insider” look at the upholstery options:

Got any favorites? Remember, it’s what’s on the inside that…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 21, 2012 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Live chat FAQs

In April, smart Service Engineer Robert Weingart, hosted the first sUSAi live chat.  We had some great conversations, and we’ll definitely be scheduling another one in the future.

Since Robert addressed some common questions, we thought it would benefit the community to share his answers and insight:

1)      I am having issues resetting the service indicator.

There are several reasons why you may be having this issue:

A. The buttons may be stiff. The cluster…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 18, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

smart in Forza Motorsport

smart has made its way into the gaming world.  Nothing beats driving a real vehicle, but Forza Motorsport players can download the Top Gear Car Pack expansion which includes the 2012 fortwo and take it for a spin.

Source: News…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 14, 2012 at 5:50pm — No Comments

MY13 Body Panel Colors

We’re giving our smart USA insiders the first look at the MY13 Body Panel Colors.


Here’s a little trivia/"insider" information: The 3 letter codes associated with each color are smart’s internal interior color codes. The numbers are link to the Vehicle Identification Number assigned to each…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 10, 2012 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Smart Car Vlogs on YouTube

Hello everyone!! 

My name is Jeff and I love my Smart Car so much just like the other Smart Car enthusiasts. I record my driving all the time. Driving my Smart Car is so much fun. I don't blog much but i love to Vlog. I can get more in to the mood and i think it is much more fun. Smart Car Vlogs This is my YouTube Channel it is so much fun. I am a crazy kid and i think you will like it!

Added by Jeff Hardy on May 8, 2012 at 11:53pm — No Comments

smart 2013 model: passion cabriolet

Last week we listed the features for the new 2013 passion coupe. For all you cabriolet fans, here are the standard and optional packages for the 2013 passion cabriolet:

Standard

- Bolder, more aggressive front grille and air intake design

- smart logo relocated from hood to grille

- Redesigned lower rear bumper

- modified rear aprons

- Solid roof

- Black tridion safety cell

- 15” steel wheels with smart wheel covers

- AC with Automatic…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 8, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

smart 2013 model: passion coupe

We revealed the specs for the new 2013 pure coupe. This week, check out this list of standard and optional features for the passion coupe: 

Standard

- Bolder, more aggressive front grille and air intake design

- smart logo relocated from hood to grille

- Redesigned lower rear bumper

- modified rear aprons

- Solid roof

- Black tridion safety cell

- 15” steel wheels with smart wheel covers

- AC with…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 6, 2012 at 10:17am — 3 Comments

smart Center Map

To create a more interactive and seamless experience on smart USA Insider, we built a smart center locator in to the platform.  You can navigate the map to find one in your area. Just click on “find a smart center” on the right column of any page.  Feel free to join or start your own conversation in the comment box.…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 3, 2012 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Electric Converted smart

We’ve seen very cool modifications to smart cars over the past few years, but this one is unique. Yan, also known as Yabert on the DIY Electric Car Forum, converted his gasoline 2005 smart fortwo to an electric vehicle. The car gets between 40 and 60 miles per charge, and has a top speed estimated at around 100 miles per hour (not to mention it goes from 0-60 in six seconds).

Yan shows off his electric-converted smart in this video:…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 2, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments

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