Smart Forfour Brabus Review, Wintonsworld – 2005

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But Expensive, Harsh Ride, Too Good

By Normal Standards, Smart Should Be Dead And

** out of 5

You have to admire the folks at for persistence and dedication to the task, in the of almost overwhelming odds.

is introducing the ForFour Brabus, a up version of the ForFour, which whisk you from 0-62 mph km/h) in 6.9 seconds and all the way to 137 mph (221 The fact that the tweaked four-seater has made it to the showrooms at all is short of amazing because of financial crisis. With Smart car losing about euros each time a drives one away, many expected its owner, Mercedes, to shut the whole operation

Smart started life in with the little two-seater car now called the Fortwo, then on to produce the Smart roadster, and the the Forfour. We were promised a SUV. The point of the Smart was that Mercedes wanted to younger buyers who might trade up to proper Mercedes.

Also, because of U.S. and European regulation which that manufacturers produce better fuel economy by the average efficiency across all the they produced, it made for the likes of Mercedes Benz to many more smaller

Why do you think BMW bought Rover? Not it made fabulous cars. BMW needed to pad out its manufacturing with a number of smaller cars to its across-the-range fuel economy.

attempt to buy this capability off the was a mistake which almost the company. BMW#146;s Mini has where Rover failed, some still doubt the term viability of Mini of the fashionable nature of its success. you strip out the #147;cute#148; style Minis really offer little in terms of efficacy and for a very high price.

BMW must be crossing its fingers that the bubble will not


The Smart brand to be a big success. After all, the Fortwos are almost ubiquitous days in fashion centres London, Rome and Paris, the fact that the Fortwo to provide what you might were essential qualities in a car #150; easy parking and automatic gearboxes. The lack of in the auto box of the ForFour makes in tight spaces a fight the inevitable dent.

In regular you hold the power of the engine#146;s against the brake to gradually into a space. With the you have to press the accelerator. One day you are to overcook the blip on the accelerator and into the car behind.

The auto box is still painfully to move through the gears, a frustrating, aggravating experience as you for the next gear to engage.

car production loses an almost amount of money, and parent Mercedes has now insisted that the is cut back. The ForMore SUV has been as has the Roadster. The plan to expand the U.S. has been put on the backburner.

The Bullet

Investment bankers Morgan Stanley believe DaimlerChrysler, which owns Benz, should bite the and shut down the Smart Morgan Stanley reckons any attempt to prop-up the flawed venture is doomed to failure and just waste more

In the spring of 2005, when it the axing of the ForMore SUV, said it will spend 1.2 euros to try and fix it. Smart would another 600 million euros year. It lost 500 million in 2004.

Breakeven was promised for

Smart has been a chronic maker since its birth in and promises of break-even have been fulfilled. Lehman another investment bank, that Smart has lost a of more than 3 billion since its birth, and reckons Smart will have DaimlerChrysler over 5 billion by 2007. The annual sales for the first year of 200,000 has since been abandoned, and 152,000 cars were last year, 10 per cent than the latest target.

Negative Margin 35%

According to Stanley, every time a car drove away from a Mercedes lost a staggering euros, a negative margin of 35 per

So will the Brabus ForFour around the fortunes of Smart?

At £17,195 the car, a derivative of the Colt, seems very particularly when you think this money will buy a Mini Cooper S or a Golf Sure, it goes like but the ride is harsh.

It looks Inside, the car is stylish, with black leather seats, instrument panel and door On the outside, there is an enlarged spoiler, chrome twin exhausts, and side skirts. The spoiler apparently reduces on the rear axle #147;by 50 at maximum speed, thereby the vehicle additional stability.#148;

Firm Fillings Required

the bonnet, the 1.5 litre turbocharged has been developed by Brabus and 177 bhp.

The Brabus ForFour have its fans, probably 20 with too much money and fixed fillings. If potential are worried about buying a car a company that might go the drain, they can probably worrying. Mercedes is there for the haul.

Smart might be fortunes, but it would cost more to close it down, and it provide a crucial bit of ammunition for For all their faults, Smarts guzzle gas. That#146;s priceless if you make Maybachs and S class limousines. Neil #150; July 31, 2005

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