Smart started as an idea for a city car from a Mercedes engineer in the 1970s and grew into “smart” (Swatch Mercedes ART) with the design acumen of France’s Swatch watchmaker. The first Smart small car was built in the early 1990s. Daimler Group’s Mercedes-Benz jointly redesigned the 2016 Fortwo with French partner Renault. Still built in Smartville, France, the third-generation 2016 2-seat coupe is still just 8 feet long, but 4 inches wider than the prior model. It rides on an improved platform with a revised powertrain and comes with more safety features.
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