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Next Smart car: ForEase ready for ‘Aww, Cute!’ at Paris auto show

  • No roof but plenty styling – face the wind!
  • ‘Uncomplicated solution for urban mobility’
  • ‘Refreshingly simple form of driving fun”SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress

SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / NewspressSTUTTGART, Germany / PARIS, France – The Smart automobile brand will celebrate 20 years of existence at the 2018 Paris auto show that opens on October 4 with a show car that ”interprets and embodies urban driving fun”.

The Smart ForEase – that’s it in the images – is said by its maker to be ”extroverted and to offer an uncomplicated solution for urban mobility”.

SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress
SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress

”Top off,” the media release tells The Corner, ”and so under the open sky, the driver is at the centre of the hustle and bustle of the city, with electric drive. The openness and minimalistic style are a tribute to the pioneering Smart concept vehicles – Crossblade (2001) and ForSpeed” (2011).”

‘REDUCE TO THE MAX’

That Smarts are practical and cool, we’re told, as will be made clear to visitors at the Paris show with the Smart For Ease show car and its electric powertrain. Smart describes it thusly:

”It takes up the original motto of Smart: reduce to the max, with a twinkle in its eye, standing for the authentic urban mobility that continues to be the underlying concept behind the brand.”

SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress
SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress

The vehicle claims to owe its ”unconventional beauty” to the opening of the interior to its environment – there is no roof and a short windscreen and even the steering-wheel is mounted with a chunk cut our for a clearer view

The car’s paint job is described as ”radiant, dramatic, metallic-white with ”stream green” accents.

SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress
SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress

Katrin Adt, Smart’s new boss, told The Corner: “The Smart ForEase embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise – if in doubt, Smart always opts for a consistent approach.”

‘INDIVIDUAL STYLE’

Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s chief design officer, added: ”The result is a sustainable driving experience built on freedom. It’s proof that Smart thinks unconventionally and its design is reduced and pure,.

“The Smart ForEase is a statement of urbanity and individual style. It has the coolness of the metropolis and demonstrates a truly free spirit.”

Reality is that the little car is based on the Smart EQ ForTwo cabrio. Added, the brand says, are ”a light-heartedness that results from the unconventional approach typical of Smart: unconventional beauty, lightness and energy have been achieved by reduction to the essential”.

SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress
SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress

”Like the concept Crossblade” (2001) and ForSpeed” (2011), the ForEase pays no heed to the convention that a car generally has a roof. Its open to the sun’s and wind for a pure driving experience – the tiny windscreen has little resistance to the wind.

”Safety (read rollover protection) comes from a domes behind each seat.”

SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress
SMART FOREASE: Another chapter in the saga of the Smart Car set for Paris. Image: Smart / Newspress

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