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The Scoop: smart’s Logo is Changing

Hi smartsters,

As you are already seeing here on sUSAi and across all of our digital platforms, smart’s logo is changing. This is an exciting time for our brand!

The change began on July 1, 2014, and a larger brand campaign will be launched for Europe today. The smart logo or “label” as it’s known, has been updated to be more modern as well as accompany the launch of the all-new smart fortwo (C453). More to follow on the C453 this month as we are all anxious to learn about and…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on September 8, 2014 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Goodbye 451...

Been away for three years, while my two daughters sequentially drove my 2008 Passion Cabriolet for their freshman and sophomore years of college.  Got "Pete" back this Summer, just had 60K servicing done, and only needed to replace an aging serpentine belt.  Still averaging 40 mpg overall per tankful. 

Somewhat sad about tomorrow's unveiling of the new 453 version 2015 model, as jointly developed with Renault.  Gotta say I've never been a fan of Renault or Gallic cars in general...…

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Added by Mike 5 on July 15, 2014 at 1:20pm — 2 Comments

electric Drive Charging Etiquette

We are thrilled that so many people have made the switch to electric. With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles comes fresh opportunities to innovate and redefine the rules of the road.

One etiquette inquiry that has popped up on a lot on forums is "charge rage." A member of smart car of America recently wrote, "This week, for the first time, I unplugged…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on July 10, 2014 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Countdown to C453 Reveal Has Begun!

We are excited to announce that full details on the brand new C453 will finally be unveiled at next week's press announcement day on July 16th. For those who are looking for a taste of what is to come, check out our official teaser where you can see key enhancements to interior and exterior specs - upgrades that take their inspiration from the many concept vehicles produced over the last few years. Stay tuned to sUSAi for more information!…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on July 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Scoop: smart tagline testing results

Hello Insiders!

The time has come to finally reveal our tagline testing results! After carefully sorting through all of the poll submissions, we were able to compile the following findings about our proposed new tagline, "smart, engineered with Mercedes-Benz:"

- 70% of people who read the line said it made them feel that the car was safer.

- 82% said it made them feel that the car was more well-crafted.

-…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on July 8, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Scoop: smart cities project

Hi smartsters,

I’m Julia Knittel, and over the past year I have been working on a new project called “smart cities,” which tests out some new things for smart in various cities around the world.

First of all, what is the smart cities project? The Head of smart global, Dr. Annette Winkler, was inspired when she noticed that certain cities around the world (think of Paris and Rome, for example) had overwhelmingly adopted smart into their culture, to the extent that she often saw…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 2, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

The Scoop: smart USA Insider Updates

Hi Smart Insiders!
 
We wanted to let you know that we’ve made a few subtle changes to the smart USA Insider’s community with our members in mind. We hope that the improvements will elevate your experience when interacting with the site and reinforce the fact that your participation is valued.
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Added by sUSAi Admin on May 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

smart Showcases the Latest and Greatest at NYIAS

smart is proud to be featured alongside Mercedes-Benz at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The show, which opened on April 18th, offers car fans the chance to check out brand new models as well as get an exclusive sneak peek at what’s next on the horizon for the biggest names in the automotive industry.



smart came ready to impress, toting four different editions of our beloved car. The vehicle that garnished the most buzz was the latest addition to the smart family…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on April 18, 2014 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

The Scoop: smart Update and Introducing "Electricuriouis"

Hello Insiders! It’s been quite a while since I contributed to “The Scoop.”  For many of us, spring has not only come in like a lion, but it’s going out like one too.  For smart however, March overall has been and is continuing to be a lion, but for all good reasons.



Sales of our current 451 chassis are strong and we’re on pace to crack 650 units sold for the month. The eBike is beginning to make its way to showrooms in Portland and San…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on April 11, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Scoop: Updates to the Insiders Community

Hi Smart Insiders!
 
We wanted to kick off the week by letting you know that we’ve made a few subtle changes to the smart USA Insider’s community with our members in mind. We hope that the improvements will elevate your experience when interacting with the site and reinforce the fact that your participation is valued.…
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Added by sUSAi Admin on April 9, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

San Diego to the Arctic Circle

I've finally found time to document my 2013 expedition: A Smart car trip from San Diego, California to the Arctic Circle (and back). 

The details and lots of photos are found on this link:…

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Added by Kent W. Bridges on March 27, 2014 at 3:32pm — 4 Comments

My 2014 4th Smart Car

I recently purchased my fourth Smart car. Had a 2009,leased a 2013 and later purchased a 2013. I am an elderly car enthusiast and during my working days, drove Volkswagen Beetles. These cars are absolutely perfect for my retired lifestyle. I live in a very small town that has been on the Jennie-O turkey commercial. It is around 20 miles from big city life except when about 1000 bicycler arrive on Thursdays in the summer to have a good time and commraderie. I don't usually post on forums but…

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Added by Joe LaSala on March 18, 2014 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Extending EV Drive Ranges, "To Do or Die" The viability battle ensues!!!!!

The verdict is in, the short term solution to long range EV's is not in advancing battery technologies. What most don't realize is the advent of EV's in broad markets can be a double edge sword ready to cut EV production at it's inception. The problem? limited battery run times are not expected to allow the EV to compete with combustion engine drive ranges any time soon. The solution? Industry must look beyond evolving the battery; a slow and unpredictable route for EV's. If we are to see a…

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Added by New EV on March 4, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

smart Accessories Collection

Driving a smart is not just a car, it's a lifestyle! We're getting ready to revamp our smart accessories collection and want to hear from you. What awesome lifestyle equipment do you think smart should carry?

We'd love to see your thoughts in the comments below.

Added by sUSAi Admin on February 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

BRABUS Rims Giveaway Update! The Finished Product.

Derek Sweeney was the lucky winner of our Brabus rims giveaway a few months back. He sent us some pics of his smart rollin' on these awesome new rims, so we figured we'd share. Thanks Derek! These turned out awesome.…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on February 7, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Stats on the new smart e-bike

Uphill. Downhill. It’s all easy with smart's new electric assist bike. We'll be rolling out a pilot program in select US cities this year, so stay tuned for more info on how you can get your hands on smart's latest addition to its urban mobility lineup. In the mean time, here are some stats that are sure to get you excited:



Range: 62 miles

Charging Time (0-100%): 4-5 hours

Max. Speed: 20 mph

Max. Tourque: 7.9 lb-ft

Electric Motor: 350 watt

Battery: 423 Wh…

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Added by sUSAi Admin on February 3, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

Is a hybrid coming?

I have heard about the electric Smart, but that is not enough mileage range - is there any plan to bring out a hybrid? 

Added by Vickie Williams on January 22, 2014 at 8:54pm — 2 Comments

Little KillerBee stings the Dragon

I will donate the wheels and tires to the 2014 Midwest Rallye to given away to help fund the Rallye so everyone can share in the fun.

Added by Mick Keenoy on November 6, 2013 at 1:18am — No Comments

Black Brabus 15" wheels:

get-attachment.jpg  Here is a photo of my 08 Passion. I would love to win the wheels.

Added by Robert Ricewasser on October 28, 2013 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Brabus Rims Giveaway

Hey smart USA insiders! Want a sexy set of glossy black 15” BRABUS rims, as well as tires for your smart? Of course you do. And it just so happens that we want to give some away. To enter, reply to this post and attach a photo of your smart and you’ll be in the running to win. Good luck!  …

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Added by sUSAi Admin on October 21, 2013 at 5:30pm — 45 Comments

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