Interview: Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener on Smart EQ’s Refreshed Future

In Valencia, the 100% electric vehicle declares the brand's future-forward intentions

Easy to drive, spritely, agile and ideal for city use, the refreshed line of smart EQ vehicles—the 2020 two-seat fortwo coupe and fortwo cabrio and the four-seat forfour—are now only offered as electric (and are no longer being sold in the US, sadly). This mid-cycle refresh touches most of the exterior (the new LED tail-lights are a highlight) and interior, but not the batteries or …

Smart’s Forease Concept Car

Design Director Kai Sieber shares the emotion in smart's new design language

Smart, the brand known primarily for its functionality and rationality, is embracing its personality through design. The Forease concept car—just-announced at the Paris Motor Show—is decreasing the distance between the vehicle and the world around it. For starters, the Forease operates on an entirely electric powertrain. Its abbreviated windshield and roofless cabin invite the environment in, and the yellow is a nod to the original smart …

Song of the Car: 2016 Smart ForTwo

We pair Howling's dance-worthy take on classic Nirvana with the next generation of Berlin's ultimate city car

In the summer of 1998, bright orange cranes speckled the Berlin skyline. Young Europeans flocked to the streets by the thousands for the dance party called Love Parade and, after dark, they disappeared inside the dark corridors of a club called Tresor, where Detroit techno pulsated until dawn. That summer was the first year the Smart car replaced the clunky Soviet-era East German Trabant as …