When the first Pink Panther movie was released few Americans had any idea about the Smart Car. Since then the Smart's popularity in the U.S. has soared to new heights and it's already participating in a sequel role, as an automotive megastar in the new motion picture The Pink Panther 2. There have been other unforgettable movie cars. None the less the Smart Fortwo has forever fulfilled its prominence on the big screen.
The 2009 Smart Fortwo plays the foremost automotive role in the follow-up to the triumphant cinema smash hit "The Pink Panther". The Pink Panther 2 will be released this week.
Tom Hanks got to drive a Smart Fortwo in the movie version of the Da Vinci Code, racing backwards down Paris streets.
It has had a cameo appearance in Under the Tuscan Sun and in the movie A Good Year on HBO. As well as Garfield 2, Scoop, Legally Blonde 2, Just Married and who can forget the classic motion picture, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London!
It's also appeared on the TV series Dark Angel having a number of Smart cars as police cars and has appeared in many other TV programs, including ER.
George Barris, the renowned creator of the original Batmobile from the 1960s television series "Batman" even gave the Smart a superstar renovation. Transforming this subcompact vehicle into a mini-Batmobile, complete with vertical doors, a black airbrush paint job, tailfins and even an exhaust system on the roof, giving the impression the car has rocket launchers.
As well there are many celebrities who use a Smart as a daily driver.
This short list consists of just a few who include:
Sir Stirling Moss, the legendary British Racing driver who has driven a upgraded Smart since 2001
Sally Jesse Raphael, talk show host was one of the first in the U.S. to drive a gray market Smart
Jay Leno, has one as well as a car for each day of the year
George Clooney, who drives and promotes an electric Smart Car made by Hybrid Technologies
Jason Fabini, an offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins drives his to practice
Robbie Williams, the ex-spokesperson for smart, GmbH has several including a roadster model
Pete Docter, director of Monsters, Inc and Toy Story drives his like he is in one of his movies
Miley Cyrus, of Hannah Montana fame has a red convertible
Frankie Muniez, from Malcolm drives his daily
Shaquille O'Neal, the all pro NBA star fits into his like glove
And let's not forget the numerous commercials and photo shoots that have featured one of these clever cars.
There have been other unforgettable movie cars. Like the true classic movie, Bullitt and Steve McQueen's Mustang GT, Miami Vice's Ferrari Testarossa and who can forget the Blues Brother's "Blues Mobile", a 1974 Dodge Monaco Interceptor, driven so thoughtlessly through the streets of Chicago by famous Jake and Elwood.
None the less the Smart Fortwo has forever fulfilled its prominence on the big screen.
Below source: Daimler Media Site
The smart fortwo, pioneer of intelligent micro cars, masterfully plays the leading automotive role in the sequel to the successful cinema blockbuster "The Pink Panther".
In Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’/Columbia Pictures’ "The Pink Panther 2" to be released February 6 in the US and 12 March in Germany, the two-seater demonstrates the advantages of its compact dimensions and its superior agility with a twinkle as the police car of the fearless, although somewhat clumsy Inspector Clouseau in a breakneck dash through the Paris city jungle.
In „The Pink Panther 2“Steve Martin as bumbling Inspector Clouseau chases criminals for the second time. At his side is his unrivalled police car, a red smart fortwo coupé. "smart is the optimal company car in the movie", says Anders Sundt Jensen, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars. "smart and the main character stand for unusual ways of thinking, irresistible charm and cleverness – and therefore have extraordinary success."
In an exciting sequence of the film Clouseau steers his smart fortwo coupé - in the equipment line passion with a 52kW/71 hp petrol engine - in a wild dash across Paris. Here, he benefits from the exceptional agility of the environmentally friendly, intelligent two-seater car. Not even finding a parking space at the chronically busy airport of the French capital poses a problem - the compact smart fortwo simply parks perpendicular to the flow of traffic.
Amateur detectives can pick up the trail of the pink diamond themselves on the internet. Under the motto "Stay on the trail", since 02 February 2009 anyone can enter the film world of Inspector Clouseau at www.smart.com/pinkpanther
and follow the precious gem across Paris. Participants who track down the diamond in this exciting internet game have a chance of winning a smart fortwo.
“The Pink Panther 2”, the sequel to the 2006 worldwide hit, stars Steve Martin as he reprises the role of intrepid-if-bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) is forced to assign Clouseau to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts. Martin is joined by his co-stars Jean Reno (as Ponton, his partner) and Emily Mortimer (as Nicole, the object of his awkward affections).
The investigative dream team is played by Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Lily Tomlin also stars. The story is set in Paris and Rome. The film is directed by Harald Zwart and produced by Robert Simonds. The screenplay is by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber and Steve Martin. The story by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber. Based on the Pink Panther films of Blake Edwards. Based on characters created by Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards.
smart success story
After ten years on the market, the smart fortwo can report impressive performance. Since the introduction of the first generation in 1998, smart celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with over one million delivered models. Having initially been offered only in Germany and eight other European countries, the smart fortwo is now available in 37 countries worldwide. After the market success in the US in 2008, smart will also be launched in China, Brazil and Denmark in 2009.
As one of the youngest car brands, smart stands for innovation, functionality and vitality. Above all, smart appeals to customers that are seeking new, forward-looking and intelligent solutions within the automobile sector. smart fortwo drivers are defined more by their attitude than by their age, profession or gender. They are open-minded, they question conventional wisdom and are in-touch. They choose the smart fortwo because it is special and because it sets them apart from the masses. And most certainly - because it is fun.
Source: Daimler Media Site