Original design study was based on the Fiat Punto
20 May 2010

This is a never-seen-before design concept for the original Smart forfour.

Developed around a Fiat Punto in 1999, the concept was created for Daimler-Chrysler by an Italian studio at a time when the German car giant was considering a bid for Fiat.

See the Smart forfour concept pictures

The Smart Forfour was eventually based on the Mitsubishi Colt and eventually made production in 2003, but sales were so poor that it was canned in 2006.

A new version of the Smart Forfour is now being jointly developed by Daimler, Renault and Nissan. It is expected to be launched in 2014.

The concept pictures were unearthed by Italian website Quattroruote.

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20 May 2010

Would someone explain why designers put fat wheels on that look really good - then put normal wheels on when the car reaches production? The only car that I remember looking exactly as the concept was the Astra; the one that made Clarkson say that if it looks like that when it comes out then he'd eat his hair - and he did. Designers show a concept with bulging tyres filling the arches, and it makes it look really cool. Then when it is released it looks like a middle-aged woman has had a hand in the final stages of design.

20 May 2010

it is amazing how dated it looks for just a 10 year old design .not good.

20 May 2010

I for one agree with Jonfortwo, Smartforfour looks old for me for sure.

20 May 2010

This may warrant a separate thread, but what design holds today? I always thought the Simca Ranchero could still be going, and the mid 1990s 2-door Shogun. What about the open-top MGB GT? I remember the Range Rover being at the Louvre because it was a 'timeless design'.

20 May 2010

[quote golfman]This may warrant a separate thread, but what design holds today?[/quote]

The Land Rover...the proper one!! Hardly changed it's appearance right to the end, yet still looked good!

As for design changes...

It's amazing how this....

Became this.....

20 May 2010

[quote golfman]The only car that I remember looking exactly as the concept was the Astra[/quote] The Audi TT was a fine example of what you can get when a concept car keeps it's looks through to production. The roadster was unchanged, the coupe only had it's side windows changed. Of course the spoiler was added later. However, as I have posted before, I hate the whole "here is what we could give you, but we won't" approach of most manufacturers. They are making their cars look compromised.

20 May 2010

[quote golfman]Would someone explain why designers put fat wheels on that look really good - then put normal wheels on when the car reaches production?[/quote]

The concept car doesn't have to deal with potholes.

20 May 2010

I guess the big wheels have to go as they would rub the arches and the suspension would be rock hard.

would be interesting if they showed the concept with smaller wheels then released it with bigger wheels - more wow factor.

I think that the concepts get shown so early that by the time the car comes out I'm bored of it!

Here's to the crazy ones......

20 May 2010

Interesting how this was based on the Punto, as thats the same as BMW used for the original MINI concept back in 1994.

20 May 2010

This looks maybe better than the real thing , but I do think that all of us , and Mercedes in particular , would be better-off if Smart had never been thought of.

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