Smart Cars Prineville OR

The Smart ForTwo joins us here in the U.S. following more than ten years of sales in Europe and has clearly benefited from the timeliness of its introduction. Amidst record-setting gas prices and a growing popular aversion to the conspicuous consumption of natural resources, the Smart brand was clearly a well-timed market entry.

Miller's Economy Auto
(541) 548-7024
788 NW 6th St
Redmond, OR

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Gold Chevrolet Cadillac
(541) 265-7731
1422 N Coast Highway
Newport, OR
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Gary Gruner Chevrolet Pontiac
(541) 475-2238
2000 SW Highway 26
Madras, OR
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Auto Dealers

Sunwest Motors
(541) 265-8547
1030 N Coast Highway
Newport, OR
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Tonkin Wilsonville Nissan
(503) 222-2277
26700 SW 95th Avenue
Wilsonville, OR
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Tune up Repair,Van Dealers,Auto Dealers

Cascade Auto Group
(541) 883-7701
2810 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Alignment Repair,Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Truck Dealers,Auto Dealers

Toyota of Gladstone
(503) 655-7100
19375 McLoughlin Boulevard
Gladstone, OR
Services
Clutch Repair,Emissions Testing,Radiator Repair,Speedometer Repair,SUV Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Miller Ford Nissan
(541) 475-7204
1733 SW Highway 97
Madras, OR
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Butler Acura
(541) 482-1489
1899 Highway 99 North
Ashland, OR
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Colvin Auto Center
(800) 768-6906
1925 North Highway 99w
McMinnville, OR
Services
Auto Body Repair,Auto Repair,Retail Tire,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

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The Smart forTwo

Smart? Smarter! By David Vespremi, DriverSide Contributor  
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2008 Smart fortwo
Two of the most successful North American automotive brand launches in recent memory, Mini and Scion, both owe their success to a broad palate of customization options available to personalize these already attention-grabbing cars.





The West Coast’s car culture of treating the automobile as a blank canvas for self-expression has fueled an ongoing national fascination with tweaking out cars, as promoted in everything from MTV’s Pimp My Ride to the Warner Brothers Fast and the Furious movie franchise.

Still, it wasn’t until BMW and Toyota embraced the customization of their respective small car brands, Mini and Scion respectively, and actively sought out relationships with leading tuning houses that what formerly existed as a wink-and-a-nod relationship between auto manufacturers and a thriving cottage industry operating at arm’s length from the parent manufacturers blossomed into a truly symbiotic relationship.

The wheel and tire packages, suspension and performance engine upgrades for both BMW’s Mini brand and Toyota’s Scion brand established these diminutive market entries to be a similar personality extension to a teenager’s rhinestone encrusted cell phone or a starlet’s Hermes Birkin Bag and Chihuahua combo.

This then brings us to stuffy old Mercedes and their decidedly unstuffy microcar brand, Smart. The Smart ForTwo joins us here in the U.S. following more than ten years of sales in Europe and has clearly benefited from the timeliness of its introduction. Amidst record-setting gas prices and a growing popular aversion to the conspicuous consumption of natural resources, the Smart brand was clearly a well-timed market entry. Its initial sales success bodes well for Smart establishing the long-term staying power that Mini and Scion have both achieved.

Still, at launch both the Mini and Scion offerings had their novelty, too. What seemed to allow their stars to shine while those of similarly priced and equally fashionable offerings like the New Beetle and Dodge Neon faded, is that unlike the New Beetle and Neon, Minis and Scions responded especially well to enthusiast upgrades and proved to be capable platforms, able to accelerate faster, corner with more confidence, and look even better than they did when left unmolested. Just as a Mini or Scion owner began to feel a bit bored with their purchase and might otherwise have strayed to look for whatever the next flavor of the month might be, the aftermarket proved ready to deliver even more smiles for more miles.

This then brings us back to the Smart ForTwo. Its Euro-cool looks and miserly gas mileage, while certainly appealing, by no means establish it as a driver’s car. For one thing, its featherweight 1,800 pound curb weight and performance-ready rear-wheel drive configuration notwithstanding, the Smart is pokey on accelerat...

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