Source: Smart Roadster Inspired Yema Auto M72 Hybrid Sports CoupeIf you’ve been hankering after a Smart Roadster since the last ones rolled off the production line in 2006 this Yema Auto M72 Hybrid Sports Coupe might attract your interest. The styling is definitely reminiscent of the two-seater Smart and Yema Auto, who currently sell four models of SUVs and Crossovers, have done a decent job of appealing to the same market if only due to the car’s powertrain.
While the Smart Roadster’s rear-mounted engine was a turbocharged 698cc 3-cylinder petrol, the Yema Auto M72 is a hybrid, although we have to admit that the Chinese manufacturer hasn’t revealed details of the car’s full technical spec. We’re assuming this new model is based on the Matra M72, the 750cc powered 400kg buggy-like machine that was conceptualised in 2000 but never saw the light of day. Like the Matra M72, the Yema Auto M72 has been designed to appeal to the most environmentally minded drivers.
The interior boasts a dashboard that looks like it came out of the Buick Lacrosse and seems to have everything a modern motorist needs like an infotainment / satellite navigation screen and all the necessary buttons and dials to work it. Whether the cabin has enough space for the latest passive safety devices and whether the Chinese firm has been able to squeeze in enough airbags is debatable given the size of the cabin and the age of the machine on which this latest model is based.