A Smart Forthree For You, Me, and She?

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  1. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    [​IMG] Smart may be returning to the marketplace with a vehicle that’s suitable for more than two passengers.

    [FIMG=LEFT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/smarts3.jpg[/FIMG]Keith Barry - WIRED - 08/03/09

    Interesting seating arrangement --Ed.

    Three years after dropping their Forfour hatchback, Smart may be returning to the marketplace with a vehicle that’s suitable for more than two passengers.

    Autocar reports that patent drawings from Smart parent Daimler AG show a three-seater concept that seems to mimic both the dimensions of a microcar and the seating position of a McLaren F1. According to Autocar, the drawings show a rear-engined car with a driver up front flanked by two passengers in V-formation. The driver’s seat is on a swiveling base that allows easy entry and exit, and a “complex seatbelt arrangement” protects the front seat occupant.

    The resultant vehicle would be perfect for Stooges, Musketeers or a bumbling bachelor chef and his two female roommates.

    The yet-to-be-named three-seater may join a premium hatchback sourced from Renault, according to Automobile Magazine. Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche (you may know him as Dr. Z) told participants in a recent conference call that a four-door, four-seater might get built “if the conditions are right.” While the previous Forfour was built in the Netherlands and shared a lot of components with the Mitsubishi Colt, the new car would be more closely related to the Renault Twingo.... [RM]http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/08/a-smart-forthree-for-you-me-and-she/[/RM]
     

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