History Smart began somewhere in Switzerland, where the CEO of Swatch, Nicholas Hayek decided to create a vehicle that would carry the company name, "Swatchmobile" (Smart actually stands for Swatch Mercedes Art), so he got in touch with Volkswagen, but the German company struggled with financial problems at the time and she had to refuse the offer. They became the Daimler Benz, who finally decided to take up the project.
To create a new car plant in Smartville (Hambach, France) it was built in 1994. Everything seemed promising at first, but soon Swatch and Mercedes came into conflict over the design and overall appearance of the car of the future. Therefore, before the car was made, Swatch «walked away", leaving Mercedes to complete the project.
Sales began in 1998 and were initially promising because Smart aroused great interest among the people in all nine countries in which it was sold. Being confident in the success of the model, Mercedes has released two more Smart car - the Roadster and Roadster Coupe in 2003. In 2004, the market appeared slightly enlarged Smart - Forfour.
These later models were not as successful as their predecessors, many customers were not impressed with the design and considered them to be too expensive. Daimler lost a lot of money during the project (according to the sources, 4 billion euros in the period from 2003 to 2006) and, therefore, decided to pull the plug on most models.
During this period, disappeared Forfour and Roadster models and the Fortwo (formerly City-Coupe) was changed only to stay on the market. They made it larger and changed the design of its interior, but it did not solve the problem of questionable gearbox, which enjoyed a bad reputation.
If you think, rather contentious the whole car. You either hate him or love, you can not remain indifferent to this to him.