The story of smart is an epic tale of genius, inspiration, hope, disappointment, disaster and ultimate triumph. Funky, stylish and fun, smart is the youngest and most exciting brand of car on the market – and it has revolutionised the way we think about cars and the way we use them. It has put much-needed fun back into driving, and even city motorists smile when they’re at the wheel of a smart. But it nearly didn’t happen at all. The revolutionary design was the product of the genius who invented the Swatch watch, saving the near-bankrupt Swiss watch industry in the process. But these visionary ideas proved too radical and the tiny two-seater almost died at birth when a succession of backers lost their nerve. The sensational story of smart traces the decade-long history of this ambitious project, talking to key figures from every stage of the programme and building a vivid picture of an idea ahead of its time.
This book is a semi-autobiographical account of the Smart and its incredible rise in popularity in the UK. This unique book contains a lot of photos of smart, owners and rallies held over the past four years, humorously documents the book directly from the viewpoint of these two smart owners, who have been involved in the world of these wonderful cars since 2002. The book also brings to the public eye the first detailed photographs of a smart being constructed within Smartville, the Smart factory in Hambach.
This lavishly illustrated volume tells the complete history of the Smart from 1998:
technology, driving reports, comparison tests, advertising campaigns, technical specifications and much more about all the versions.