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May 16, 2007 | DAN NEIL
"Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is Man." -- Alexander Pope WANT to know thyself better? Gauge your reaction to this car, the Smart Fortwo, a four-wheeled flea built by Smart -- a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler -- to be imported to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2008. Measuring 106.
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November 18, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
When Mini first rolled out the reborn Cooper in 2002, selling a small, fuel-efficient car - especially a pricey one selling itself on quirky styling - might not have seemed like the best idea. Gas was around $1.30 a gallon, and full-size SUVs - gas-guzzling dinosaurs that have since been largely chased into extinction - ruled the road. “A 12-foot car was a really hard sell in the U.S.,” recalled Jim McDowell, Mini's North American vice president. “We didn't have much in the way of competition, except cars that were vastly larger.” PHOTOS: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Yet Mini, which was revived by BMW, saw a unique space with few competitors, and pushed forward with the small two-door hatchback.
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AUTOS
March 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With gas prices continuing a steady upward climb, you may be headed to the dealer in search of something less thirsty at the pump. But which cars' sticker price gives you the most bang for your buck? We asked Edmunds.com to look at the vehicles with the lowest sticker price per fuel-economy rating. The math was simple: divide the car's base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy. The result gives a look at how much each mile per gallon will cost you. Photos: Top 10 cars with lowest cost per mpg Topping the list is Ford's C-Max Energi.
AUTOS
March 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With gas prices continuing a steady upward climb, you may be headed to the dealer in search of something less thirsty at the pump. But which cars' sticker price gives you the most bang for your buck? We asked Edmunds.com to look at the vehicles with the lowest sticker price per fuel-economy rating. The math was simple: divide the car's base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy. The result gives a look at how much each mile per gallon will cost you. Photos: Top 10 cars with lowest cost per mpg Topping the list is Ford's C-Max Energi.
AUTOS
July 14, 2004 | Warren Brown, The Washington Post
The tank is half full. That means it's half empty. But what's important is that while the tank holds only 6 gallons of diesel fuel, this car gets 60.3 miles per gallon in the city and 75.9 miles per gallon on the highway. It is a tiny car -- smaller than a Honda Civic, smaller than the Mini Cooper. I could park it in the bed of a Chevrolet Avalanche SUV-pickup. People smile at it. Others laugh at it. Everyone wants to know if it's safe.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
When thinking about the all-new iQ microcar's origins, imagine engineers at Scion and parent company Toyota Motor Corp. grabbing a shrink ray and going to work downsizing a normal-size hatchback. They shrank the engine; they shrank the cargo space; they shrank the overall footprint. Then the ray went missing, and they were never able to shrink the price. The result is a tiny get-about that surprises you with its charm and livability but also with a sticker price of more than $20,000 for the loaded version I tested.
AUTOS
November 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
With every automaker competing to get more power from less fuel, Ford this week will unveil a three-cylinder that could portend a larger trend toward smaller engines. The tiny turbo, appearing in the Fiesta model, will be among the more significant debuts expected at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens Wednesday to the media and Friday to the public. In advance of the show, Ford offered the Los Angeles Times a first drive of the car on Southern California streets. The Times compared it to the Volkswagen Up!
BUSINESS
June 29, 2006 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
The tiny Smart car is only two-thirds the size of a Mini Cooper, but DaimlerChrysler has big plans for it. The German automaker, which has been selling the two-seater in Europe since 1998, said Wednesday it planned to introduce the Smart in the U.S. early in 2008. With a fuel-sipping three-cylinder engine that gets about 60 miles per gallon on European highways, the Smart could be a big hit here.
AUTOS
November 18, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
When Mini first rolled out the reborn Cooper in 2002, selling a small, fuel-efficient car - especially a pricey one selling itself on quirky styling - might not have seemed like the best idea. Gas was around $1.30 a gallon, and full-size SUVs - gas-guzzling dinosaurs that have since been largely chased into extinction - ruled the road. “A 12-foot car was a really hard sell in the U.S.,” recalled Jim McDowell, Mini's North American vice president. “We didn't have much in the way of competition, except cars that were vastly larger.” PHOTOS: 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Yet Mini, which was revived by BMW, saw a unique space with few competitors, and pushed forward with the small two-door hatchback.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2011
2011 Smart Fortwo electric drive coupe Base price (available only by lease): $599 monthly, four-year lease Powertrain: 30-kilowatt, water-jacketed, Zytek permanent magnet motor; 16.5-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack; single-speed direct drive Maximum horsepower: 40 Maximum torque: 89 pound-feet Overall length: 106.1 inches Wheelbase: 73.5 inches Maximum speed: 65 mph ...
AUTOS
November 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
With every automaker competing to get more power from less fuel, Ford this week will unveil a three-cylinder that could portend a larger trend toward smaller engines. The tiny turbo, appearing in the Fiesta model, will be among the more significant debuts expected at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens Wednesday to the media and Friday to the public. In advance of the show, Ford offered the Los Angeles Times a first drive of the car on Southern California streets. The Times compared it to the Volkswagen Up!
BUSINESS
October 26, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
When thinking about the all-new iQ microcar's origins, imagine engineers at Scion and parent company Toyota Motor Corp. grabbing a shrink ray and going to work downsizing a normal-size hatchback. They shrank the engine; they shrank the cargo space; they shrank the overall footprint. Then the ray went missing, and they were never able to shrink the price. The result is a tiny get-about that surprises you with its charm and livability but also with a sticker price of more than $20,000 for the loaded version I tested.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2011
2011 Smart Fortwo electric drive coupe Base price (available only by lease): $599 monthly, four-year lease Powertrain: 30-kilowatt, water-jacketed, Zytek permanent magnet motor; 16.5-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack; single-speed direct drive Maximum horsepower: 40 Maximum torque: 89 pound-feet Overall length: 106.1 inches Wheelbase: 73.5 inches Maximum speed: 65 mph ...
BUSINESS
February 24, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
In the hullaballoo surrounding last year's debuts of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, one new electric vehicle was mostly overlooked: The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. It was an understandable oversight ? and not just because of the cars' microscopic size. Smart USA is a bit player in the auto market. Just 6,000 gas-powered Fortwos were sold in the U.S. in 2010. Engineered by Mercedes-Benz, manufactured by Daimler and distributed by Smart USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, the internal-combustion cult car is being joined by 250 Smart Fortwo Electric Drives.
AUTOS
May 16, 2007 | DAN NEIL
"Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is Man." -- Alexander Pope WANT to know thyself better? Gauge your reaction to this car, the Smart Fortwo, a four-wheeled flea built by Smart -- a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler -- to be imported to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2008. Measuring 106.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2006 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
The tiny Smart car is only two-thirds the size of a Mini Cooper, but DaimlerChrysler has big plans for it. The German automaker, which has been selling the two-seater in Europe since 1998, said Wednesday it planned to introduce the Smart in the U.S. early in 2008. With a fuel-sipping three-cylinder engine that gets about 60 miles per gallon on European highways, the Smart could be a big hit here.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
In the hullaballoo surrounding last year's debuts of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, one new electric vehicle was mostly overlooked: The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. It was an understandable oversight ? and not just because of the cars' microscopic size. Smart USA is a bit player in the auto market. Just 6,000 gas-powered Fortwos were sold in the U.S. in 2010. Engineered by Mercedes-Benz, manufactured by Daimler and distributed by Smart USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, the internal-combustion cult car is being joined by 250 Smart Fortwo Electric Drives.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
DaimlerChrysler is near a decision on whether to launch its ultra-compact Smart car in the United States, the company's chief executive said. "We'll make a decision on the issue in June," Dieter Zetsche said. The German-American automaker has said that it thinks it could sell at least 20,000 of its tiny Smart ForTwo models annually in the U.S.
AUTOS
July 14, 2004 | Warren Brown, The Washington Post
The tank is half full. That means it's half empty. But what's important is that while the tank holds only 6 gallons of diesel fuel, this car gets 60.3 miles per gallon in the city and 75.9 miles per gallon on the highway. It is a tiny car -- smaller than a Honda Civic, smaller than the Mini Cooper. I could park it in the bed of a Chevrolet Avalanche SUV-pickup. People smile at it. Others laugh at it. Everyone wants to know if it's safe.
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