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smart for-us: world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show: The Rule-Breaker
Stuttgart, Dec 07, 2011
smart is turning the automotive world upside down once again and challenging ideas about what an urban pickup should look like. In a tongue-in-cheek manner the for-us signals that this is the right car for the young and young-at-heart with active lives who attach importance to low emissions and taking up minimum road space. The smart for-us translates the practical loading concept of a pickup to the reality of 21st century urban traffic for the first time.



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smart is turning the automotive world upside down once again and challenging ideas about what an urban pickup should look like. In a tongue-in-cheek manner the for-us signals that this is the right car for the young and young-at-heart with active lives who attach importance to low emissions and taking up minimum road space. The smart for-us translates the practical loading concept of
a pickup to the reality of 21st century urban traffic for the first time.


With its exterior dimensions (length/width/height: 3547/1506/1701mm) it could almost go unnoticed on the loading area of a typical pickup, and it also anything but ordinary under the body. Thanks to the state-of-the-art electric drive with a55 kW magneto-electric motor the zero-emission smart for-us is agile and lively to drive. It will celebrate its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (14 - 22 January 2012).

smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler says "We at smart love pick-ups – if they are small on the outside, large on the inside, very safe and extremely comfortable. With the smart for-us a petrol station is no longer required!”

Like car2go, the globally successful car sharing initiative from smart for more flexibility in city traffic, the smart for-us is a mobility concept. It has plenty of room for two people and space for two smart ebikes behind them. Thanks to the docking station on the cargo area of the smart for-us their batteries are always charged, and smart for-us drivers can also reach destinations that are out of bounds for cars – for example traffic-calmed zones in the city or isolated park trails.

The design: sassy and robust with extremely short overhangs

Compared with the series-produced fortwo the smart for-us makes a powerful statement and its appearance plays with the martial image of conventional mega-pickups. Nevertheless, it greets the viewer with a friendly yet assertive face. It features convex and sensuously shaped body surfaces. The large brand emblem is proudly sported on the grille, and the front has a pronounced three-dimensional design with an underride guard finishing off the lower part of the front end.

The longer wheelbase (2480 mm/plus 613 mm) and the track that has been widened by 50 mm on each side also emphasise the robust look of the study. At the same time the extremely short overhangs at the front and rear make it exceedingly compact.

The tailboard at the rear of the smart for-us is electrically driven. When it opens first of all the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 280 mm, then the tailgate slides down in a parallel position. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to access.

Sleek, taut surfaces in mother-of-pearl white combined with precisely designed technical functional elements in brushed aluminium – the interior is characterised by contrasts. Like in the smart forvision, the whole cockpit boasts aerodynamic styling for interior ventilation. In place of a conventional rear-view mirror the smart for-us features a smartphone accommodated in a holder on top of the instrument panel support. The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the help of an integrated video camera.

Stylish, uncomplicated, highly functional and easy to individualise – the two seats in the concept car are typically smart. The seat shells, which are open in the middle, are covered with a soft yellow fabric throw giving them a hammock-like seating feel.

Electric drive – zero-local-emission driving fun

The electric drive of the smart for-us is based on the innovative drive concept of the smart fortwo electric drive, which will be launched in the spring of 2012. Thanks to the 55 kW magneto-electric motor the smart for-us is agile and lively to drive. With 130 Newton metres of torque it boasts powerful, lag-free acceleration and it can overtake other vehicles with the greatest of ease. The maximum speed exceeds 120 km/h. The lithium-ion battery has capacity of 17.6 kWh.


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be careful clicking the image link; I got a porn site pop-up.
what a thing to do me this early in the morning.

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be careful clicking the image link; I got a porn site pop-up.
what a thing to do me this early in the morning.

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Looked fine from my location: only a larger version of the "poster"... :confused:
 

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I got the poster + some 'live chat' that I didn't allow it to fully load, so I'd say DON'T click on the link in the second post. The link below, when I reloaded it got no popup porn...

http://img141.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=256190983_for_us_122_251lo.jpg

I don't hate it, I do like being able to haul bikes, a thing that I do. I'm not really that fond of the regular bike rack. Without the bikes it looks a bit funny though... and the wheels are WAY too big, IMO the artist got a little too carried away with those.
 

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It would look very cool next to my Polaris Ranger and would be about the same size. Can I order it with diesel powerplant? :)

So, if smart is Swatch Mercedes ART, could we combine smart and Mack truck to make this the "smack"? Then we could have the trim levels of "down" and "dab". Who would talk smack about a vehicle named the "smack down"?

I really need to get some coffee....
 

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It would be ironic if, with its longer wheelbase, the Forus pickup truck actually has a nicer ride than the Fortwo. :wink:
 

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The rear portion of the Forus reminds me of my 95 Del Sol. I always thought it would make a great pickup, but the trunk was very handy. I would like the Forus with a removable trunk lid. That would give it a lot of luggage capacity, or the ability to haul larger items !
 

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I agree, build it with a gas engine, it will sell !

IF MB IS LISTENING.....BUILD IT, AND THEY WILL COME !

And while you are at it, give us a roadster too ! :D
 
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