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Smart ForStars concept at Paris 2012
Smart ForStars Concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
Smart has chosen Paris as the stage to unveil its cartoonish concept - the ForStars. It's a two-seater electric car which owes much of its design to the ForUS study revealed at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. That car gave a token nod to pick-up culture in the States, whilst the ForStars gets a more chic, European coupe body.
What is it?
The ForStars' design hints at what the next generation Smart ForTwo might look like, and the presence of a nose means it could be front-engined - a break from tradition for Smart. The ForStars is also a zero-emissions concept which gets a slightly zippier version of the ForTwo BRABUS electric drive's 60kW motor.
This Smart rolls on '21s. Yes, it's fairly well-endowed in the wheel department which does lend it a taut, wheel-at-each-corner stance. That white leather and "alubeam" red interior is pretty striking, too. Oh, and there's a video projector mounted in the bonnet scoop which can be controlled via smartphone to turn the ForStars into a mobile cinema. Yes, you've seen it all now.
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Smart has designed the ForStars so it greets the viewer with a 'friendly yet assertive face'. There's a school of thought that says there's a place for cars with faces - and that place is children's books or animated films. We'll let you judge for yourself and decide whether you subscribe to said school.
How much and when?
As a concept car, the ForStars is a vision of what might be - so we could see elements of the concept study's design on the next ForTwo. But any speculation on pricing or release date would be just that at this stage.
Anything else I should know?
Yes - the next ForTwo will share its underpinnings with the next Renault Twingo - so this concept, which is 3,550mm long, 1,710mm wide and 1,505mm high, could provide some clues as to the little Renault's proportions.
And if you're curious about the ForStars name, it's a 'tongue-in-cheek' reference to the fact the Smart has a glass roof so you can see the stars at night. Of course, we didn't need to explain that.
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