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...when someone uses Wikipedia as an "authoritative" source.



In this case, maybe Wikipedia is correct, and the car I own is not a 2015 W451 (electric).


According to Wikipedia, the 2nd generation of the smart Fortwo (W451) was built from 2007-2014. So, how did I get a 2015 W451? Mine is almost identical to the one pictured here:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Fortwo#Second_generation_(Build_series_W451,_2007)


Scroll down to the 2nd Generation section...
 

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So Wikipedia is both correct and incorrect. If you live in Europe, the 451 started in 2007 and ended with 2014.

If you're in the US, the 451 started in 2008 and ended with 2015 for ICE and 2016 for ED. Our model soldiered on for two more years.

The Wikipedia for the smart used to be fully accurate on this, the person that edited it probably lives in Europe and didn't do their research on Model Years in the Global market.

The main Wikipedia article on smart itself is still correct. Whoever edited the article on the fortwo doesn't know what they're talking about:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_(marque)#Former

Give it a few weeks or so. Someone will proofread it, find the discrepancy, then correct it. On the whole, I still find Wiki more reputable than some supposedly "reliable" resources.

ETA: That said, I did learn something new. I'm not sure why, but smart went pretty crazy with chassis codes with the 453. The forfour is the W453, the fortwo C453, and fortwo cabrio A453. I know about the W453 and C453 bits, but the A453 was news to me!
 

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I do appreciate the update and clarification. Nice to have a source more reliable than Wikipedia!
 
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