smart Automobile history and corporate video

       smart Automobile Co., Ltd. is a provider of electric vehicles headquartered in Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo, China. It is a 50/50 joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Group.


       The origin of the smart brand goes back to 1972 when Daimler came up with a concept for a small city car in response to increasing congestion and intensifying air pollution in urban areas.

       In 1994, Nicholas Hayek, the inventor of the Swatch watch, approached Mercedes-Benz to realize his vision of an “ultra-urban” car. As a result, Daimler partnered with Nicholas Hayek and his company Swatch, the funky Swiss watchmaker, and jointly established the smart brand.

       The smart name comes from the combination of the Swatch and Mercedes names, together with “art” (Swatch Mercedes ART).

       In 1997, the smart brand made a big impact with the debut of the first smart concept car in 1997 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).

       In 2007, smart introduced a test fleet of 100 fully electric fortwos in London.

       In 2008, The Penske Automotive Group started distributing smart cars in the United States.

       In 2011, the full mass production of the smart fortwo EV commenced.

       In 2019, the parent company Mercedes-Benz AG and the Chinese mobility powerhouse: Geely Holding Group formed the smart Automobile Co., Ltd.

       In 2020, smart Europe GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary, was founded in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, and is responsible for all sales, marketing and after-sales activities in the European market.

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       In 2023, smart teamed with NVIDIA to develop Develop Intelligent Mobility Solutions and New Data Centre.

    smart MODELS

       1998-2000: Smart City-Coupé (C450) & City-Cabrio

       2002: Smart Corssblade

       2001-2007: Smart City-Coupé (C450) & City-Cabrio (renamed Fortwo in 2004)

       2001-2004: Smart K (for Japan only)

       2003-2005: Smart Roadster Coupé (R452) and Smart Roadster Cabrio (C452)

       2004-2006: Smart Forfour (W454)

       2007-2015: Smart ForTwo (C451) and Smart Fortwo Cabrio (A451)

       2008-2016: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive (formerly known as EV) (C453) and Smart Fortwo Cabrio Electric Drive (A453)

       2014-2019: Smart Forfour

       2017-2022: Smart EQ Forfour 2022: the smart #1, the brand’s first compact all-electric SUV, and the all-new #3, the brand’s first-ever sports utility coupé.

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    **Video published on YouTube by “World Cars Evolution



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