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Smart Car?

So I goggled the definition of smart and I was impressed of my knowledge of the word. I knew that someone with a high IQ is considered smart. If your trying to break loose a rusty nut with a wrench and it slips allowing your knuckles to bash against the next nearest solid object that would smart. I guess some people gauge themselves on how smart they are or at least how smart they think they are. You can dress smart meaning you probably look like you are on way to traffic court to fight a speeding ticket. A bomb supposedly can be smart when it hits its intended target. A donkey can be smart! I know because many times I have been likened to one. When a famous watchmaker teams up with a famous car manufacturer to build a car is that really smart? Well lets see what smart really should look like!

In the early nineties Swatch, the world-renowned Swiss watch maker, set out to build an economical, eco-friendly car for the masses. Originally conceived by Swatch CEO, Nicholas Hayek, the Swatchmobile came to fruition after knocking on a few car manufacturers doors.GM turned their nose up at the idea, Volkswagen embraced the idea but was too broke at the time, so Daimler-Benz (Mercedes) decided to team up with Swatch to build the car and call it Smart. This stands for Swatch-Mercedes-Art. Smart huh! Well the car went into production in 1997 at plant in France known as Smartville. The Smart car got off to an okay start and few versions of the vehicle were made including a convertible, a roadster, a four passenger car known as the ForFour, and some sort of cross-thingy car. Apparently, having a smart idea isn’t always a successful one and Smart lost billions of Euros by 2006. Swatch, frustrated with sales and what they thought the car really was supposed to be pulled out and the Smart company was completely absorbed by Daimler-Benz.

Fortunately with Mercedes being in complete control of the Smart it should prove to be a car with staying power especially in these economic-minded times. The Smart that is currently being built is known as the Fortwo kind of like tea for’ oh never mind. They are cute, extremely strong with respect to crash resistance, and powered by a 1000cc engine which is the same size as the one in my motorcycle. For those of you who like to be really smart with your money they are currently testing an all-electric Smart Fortwo which I’m sure will be available soon. I haven’t had the pleasure to test drive one yet but I’m guessing if you gotta know just hop in one of your favorite markets shopping cart, hold something in your hands that resembles a steering wheel and have someone push you around the parking lot as fast as they can.

Happy Motoring!

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Aaron Bloch

Aaron's Autowerks is a one-stop automotive facility, specializing in the repair, maintenance, and performance of late-model Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, BMW and MINI vehicles. From oil changes to engine changes every detail will be happily taken care of by our professional team. Do you own a brand not mentioned here no problem we work on all imports!

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