New Smart Fortwo and Forfour models will be revealed later this year, as urban development means the Smart brand is becoming more important to Daimler
Mark Tisshaw
14 January 2014

Mercedes-Benz’s Smart arm is “an answer to a question that is more relevant now than when we started it”, according to Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche.

He revealed the new Fortwo and Forfour, co-developed alongside the next Renault Twingo, would be revealed this year, most likely at the Geneva motor show in March before going on sale a few months after.

“The development of major metropolitan areas and increasing traffic congestion makes Smart a good solution, even more so than the past,” said Zetsche. “The next-generation Smart will fulfil the needs of customers better and the addition of a four seater gives even greater potential.

“I’m happy with what I’m seeing. It took time to find the right partner and to get to where we are, but this year you’ll see if my positive feeling about Smart is warranted.”

Zetsche was open to further co-operation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan after a positive start to their tie-up over the past few years. “I seen more come out of this partnership than was expected,” he said.

One thing not planned is a Mercedes smaller than the A-class. There had been talk last year of a small SUV to sit below the A-class range, but of the 30 new Mercedes planned before the end of the decade – 13 of which will be without a direct predecessor – one of them is not a baby Mercedes to sit beneath the A-class.

“A Mercedes smaller than the A-class is not planned other than Smart,” he said. “We can meet CO2 targets without this model.”

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14 January 2014
The Smart Fortwo and (importantly) Forfour will only become "relevant" if its CO2 emissions are under 75g/km ...

14 January 2014
... Spent last week in Paris and Rome and Smart cars were every where .. And they made sense . They were darting about everywhere .. Parked up in the smallest spaces , sometimes facing the kerb ..when you live in a city that congested, the max speed your very likely to get up to is 30mph, you travel mostly only within city boundaries and your single or a couple .. This car is perfect! I always liked the concept but now it truly made sense! Plus I live in Dubai where petrol is cheaper than water, space aplenty ..and yet I still thought I wouldn't mind One of those to dart about in..it's different , quality product ( you still see mk1 in great condition) and something that I am sure would cheer you up getting into in the morning! Plus you need amost half the space of a mini to park it in!

I know some of the abilities of it aren't perfect, such as the ride or slow gearbox .. But was anyone really expecting it to drive like a Porsche , ride like an S class or change gears like a Ferrari ..if they can improve it and put a little more fun factor into the driving in Mk3 I am sure Smart will finally be big volume seller in city/ small car bracket

14 January 2014
Merc need to put more effort into Smart if it's to be relevant.

For example, in my local dealership there is one salesman to cover Smart. So if you want more info or a test drive on a monday when he's off, you're stuck. Last time I visited I'd say a new A-Class had more space than Smart had combined too with 6 or 7 cars packed in as tightly as possible.

That's before to get to the cars major failing. That slow witted semi auto box. the lag between putting the foot down on the pedal to actually moving is noticeable. If that 'box was in a full sized Merc it'd be tore to pieces by the powers that be but has gone unnoticed in the Smart.

15 January 2014
My smart is relevant to me. Great for shopping and the beach. I can always find a parking spot. Likewise, I can always find a spot in the airport garage too. My pickup truck hauls the big stuff but I often amaze people when they see how much stuff I can fit in the smart.

Now I want a roadster. Two seats and tall works in the city but two seats and low is better for the open road. Pleeeeeease bring back the roadster and be sure to sell it here in the USofA.

15 January 2014
Previous reports on the totally new Smart Fortwo suggest that a manual box will be used. Probably not popular for town driving, although the paddle shift/autobox combo of the present model was the reason I didn't buy a Fortwo in 2011. The Smart is perfect for me since I rarely have more than two people in the car, so I really will give it consideration in 2015 when I next change my car.

29 January 2014
Banging the same old drum, but the box is slow if you don't lift off as it changes (best if you time it just before). Do this and the change is smooth and medium speed. I hired one in Germany and thought the box was awful, then I went to a dealer who demonstrated the correct technique. Was a very happy owner for 3 years until baby son arrived and it had to go. Great in snow too.

I'd have another one if I didn't need space for my wife and son. Even got 3 medium sized dogs in the boot for short journeys.

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