The one-millionth SkyActiv Mazda has been built; Volvo develops inflatable child seat; New Smart Fortwo trim launched
14 April 2014

Mazda has produced a million SkyActiv models, just two years and four months after the firm launched the technology with the Mazda CX-5. Sales of that model, along with the 3 and 6 passed 1,040,000 in March. Mazda plans to introduce a further five SkyActiv models by 2016.

Volvo has developed a lightweight and inflatable rear-facing child seat concept. It can inflate in 40 seconds and weighs 5kg, around half that of conventional seats. Bluetooth connectivity enables it to be inflated remotely. The seat is constructed from fabric originally designed by the military to develop inflatable aeroplanes.

Smart has launched a new edition of its Fortwo city car. The Fortwo Grandstyle Edition features black alloy wheels, LED running lights, Artico upholstery  and touchscreen navigation. The new £10,300 model is available with zero per cent finance for £99 a month (71bhp versions) or £109 (84bhp) with a £1499 deposit and a £4490 final payment.

Our Verdict

Smart Fortwo 2007-2014

The Smart Fortwo is a unique proposition. Its emotional appeal is unquestionable and it is one of the most novel and innovative cars available.

Join the debate


15 April 2014
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.

15 April 2014
Volvo was only a hyphen away from grabbing a lot of extra attention for that news snippet.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
    First Drive
    19 March 2018
    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class could be all the estate car you’ll ever want — or it could be overkill. Let’s see which...
  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?