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  1. BBC, Topgear Tom Harrison 23 Jun 2017 What’s this? A riff on the best Smart you can buy. Not the Brabus, which isn’t great, but a convertible version of the all-electric Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. It has 81bhp, 118lb ft of torque and a claimed range of a shade under 100 miles. Seriously? Totally. Even in the new, much improved Smart ForTwo you have to drive around problems with the three-cylinder engines and five-speed manual or DCT gearboxes. The ED has neither an engine nor a proper gearbox, but a three-phase synchronous electric motor, a 17.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a single-speed transmission. This, ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, is what the Smart ForTwo should always have been – an EV. And a fun one, at that. Besides the powertrain, is it just a regular Smart? Save for a dial showing how much charge you’ve got left where you’d usually find the rev-counter, yep. Same cheery interior, same exterior, same roof mechanism and operation for the convertible roof. How is it as a cabrio? Read our reviews of the petrol-powered ForTwo Cabrio for the full story, because the same still applies. There are three stages of fold - just the middle bit (like a big sunroof), the whole thing (including the rear window, which does away with rear visibility), then the whole thing with the two sidebars manually removed. They’re best left in place, because then you can operate the roof electrically without pulling over, all the way up to the car’s top speed. And all the way down is better than big sunroof - less blowy, in our experience. Top speed? So like 7mph? Don’t be cheeky. All EVs are fun, to a degree, because of how they deliver their performance. See every video ever of Teslas going quickly. It’s the same in the Smart. You can’t help but mash the accelerator away from a standstill, turning every junction, roundabout or set of lights into a race between you and whoever’s had the misfortune to pull up alongside. And in most cases, you’ll win. Its 0-62mph is officially 11.8 seconds, but in a car like this it’s 0-30mph that really matters – and that’s where the ED feels at its most potent. Hot-hatchy, even. Any fun is amplified by the Smart’s titchy wheelbase and comedy turning-circle, which gives it almost unrivalled city-slicking chops. Sure, the ride’s a bit pitchy, there’s no feel to the steering and it rolls a bit if you dial in much lock. But hey, it’s a city car. Of those qualms it’s the ride that’s the only real concern. Fun = no range, surely? Okay, so gunning it everywhere isn’t most economical way to drive the ED. We started out with a full-charge and 100 miles of range showing on the dash. After a ‘spirited’ 40-mile journey around Geneva and the surrounding countryside, we were left with 18 miles in reserve. Oops, etc… But the average Smart owner only does 20 or so miles a day, so who cares? And it was hot, so we had the air con on full blast. Driven more conservatively and without the fans set to max cold, we’d have been in better shape. Anyway, if you’re considering a Smart and a sub-100, 80 or even 60 mile range is an issue, we’d argue you shouldn’t be looking to buy a Smart in the first place. Does the battery take up much space in the boot? No, because it isn’t in the boot and, crucially, there’s not much boot space to take up. The battery is in fact under the floor, between the axles. A recharge to 80 per cent capacity takes two and half hours if you have a wallbox, (which, if you have an electric car, you should) or six hours from a typical household socket. Next year a three-phase 22 kW fast-charger is coming that’ll do the same in 45 minutes. Talk money . Save it, and buy the Coupe. Post government grant, prices for that car start at £16,420 (though much personalisation can be applied, driving costs skywards). The Cabrio is £18,560, and if you occasionally need four seats or enough boot to carry a suitcase, you can have this electric drivetrain in a ForFour for £16,915.
  2. Thanks! Any news on when we will see the ED's?
  3. Welcome! Are you in sales or service?
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  5. I sent the tool to Scott, who lives in Omaha Nebraska, 3 years ago. I'll see if I can dig up some contact info.
  6. South China Morning Post Friday, 26 May, 2017 William Wadsworth The death of 89-year-old British actor Roger Moore, on Tuesday, renews Hong Kong car lovers’ debate about the local cars that he used in the 1974 James Bond film, Man with the Golden Gun. Some local “anoraks” say he stepped out of a Datsun 200 taxi in a brief scene near Western Market, while others insist it was a Nissan Cedric or Toyota Crown. The cameo cab’s rear door and windows seem Cedric-like on the website, but older local taxi buffs might have the final say. However, there is little doubt that Moore drove co-star Britt Ekland to the Peninsula hotel in a then-new MGB. Roger Moore as 007 and Britt Ekland outside the Peninsula Hotel in Man with the Golden Gun. The Photo: Handout So, news of the actor’s passing might raise two questions in the local MG and classic car community: what happened to that mustard coloured convertible; and was its registration really AL 8083? Either way, the website shows a 1:43-scale, three-inch model of the car for £22.99 (HK$232), but warns that boxed versions are “hard to find” as “this was not a normal shop release”. The model also acknowledges that the MGB was much admired in 1970s Hong Kong, even though its seats soon scorched thighs in the tropical sun. The convertible’s roof could be swiftly pulled up in a monsoon and on good days the 1.8-litre 2+2 was a delight on then-quieter, smaller roads in the New Territories. The MGB reached 100km/h in about 12 seconds, had lots of legroom and made men look successful and women look glamorous, but like many of the best British cars at the time, sometimes blew gaskets and oil in the heat. Even so, many fine MGB examples can still be seen above little pools of oil at local club concours and Sunday drives. The model MGB also turns Moore into Hong Kong motoring history, and reminds the city’s car community of the actor’s long association with beautiful cars. As the Saint, the second James Bond, and Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders, Moore’s acting sometimes seem wooden onscreen, but his dry wit and nonchalant shift was often emulated by at least one young driver in the misted windows of 1980s Hong Kong. Moore poses with a Volvo P1800 in 1965 in Nice, southern France. The vehicle was featured as the main car driven by Moore in the hit television series The Saint. Photo: AFP The most beautiful of Moore’s cars was his first big co-star, the Volvo P1800 in The Saint, in which he played dapper thief Simon Templar, between October 1962 and February 1969. The series’ producers reportedly wanted a Jaguar for Templar, but Volvo was quicker with a white model. Volvo started making the two-seater coupe in 1960 and produced 39,414 models in three variants, the P1800S, 1800S and 1800E over the next nine years. Critics at the time said “The Saint’s Car” looked like a Ferrari but handled like a Volvo. Now rare in Hong Kong, it initially had a 100-horsepower, 1,778cc engine with a four-speed manual gearbox and overdrive, with a top speed of 175km/h. A 108hp version was introduced in 1968, along with a two-litre alternative, and a 120hp fuel-injected, disk-braked variant in the following year. The TV series car was reportedly found rotting in a Welsh barn, but renovated in 2013. The half-submerged Lotus Esprit S1 driven by Roger Moore's James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. Photo: Handout Moore is often linked with James Bond’s Lotus Esprit S1 submarine car in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me. Launched in Paris in 1975, the Esprit embodied 1970’s medallion-swinging style with a fibreglass body and steel chassis. Fitted with a 160hp two-litre engine and a five-speed manual gearbox, the two-seater weighed about 1,000kg and reportedly reached 100km/h in under seven seconds, and topped at over 220km/h. Some critics said the Esprit looked faster than it was, but in the film it entertained in a long chase and delighted audiences when Bond modified it into a missile-firing submarine. The white submarine Lotus was said to have cost over US$100,000 to create, and was reportedly bought by businessman Elon Musk at an RM Auctions sale for £650,000 in September 2013. Moore is also linked to an Esprit Turbo in For Your Eyes Only (1981). The Aston Martin DBS that Roger Moore drove in The Persuaders TV series. Photo: Handout He also starred with Tony Curtis in 24 episodes of The Persuaders in 1971-72. Curtis drove a racy Ferrari Dino 246 GT, while Moore drove a suave yellow fastback Aston Martin DBS in playboy locations. The Aston was arguably the real star. Designed to replace the DB6, the DBS had a four-litre, 282hp straight-six engine that was said to top at about 250km/h. Aston Martin even provided a works mechanic throughout the production. After 5,000 miles of filming, the DBS then clocked 70,000 miles with three owners, but was restored and in 2013 joined the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, in Italy. It then fetched £533,500 at a Bonhams sale in May 2014. A bright yellow 'James Bond' version of the Citroen 2CV used in n For Your Eyes Only. Photo: Handout. However, one of Moore’s best Bond cars was the Citroen 2CV6 in For Your Eyes Only (1981). This little yellow car took a beating from villains’ Peugeot 504s, but Bond made the 602cc look so cool that Citroen reportedly later made a special edition with fake bullet holes in the back. Moore also trashed a 1.7-litre Renault 11 TXE Electronic in a memorable chase across Paris in View to a Kill (1985). The actor was also linked to an Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider in Crossplot (1969), and in Octopussy (1983) drove an Alfa Romeo GTV6 designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who also drew up the Lotus Esprit. describes the GTV6 as “pornography for engineers” with a 160hp, 2.5-litre engine tonning in about eight seconds and topping at about 205km/h. Moore was also an avid collector of cars, and even had an electric Smart car for compact Monaco. He has also been linked with a 1956 Jaguar XK150 in Hollywood; a Renault 5, and then a Volvo C70. Nobody raised an eyebrow at The Saint’s return to Volvo. But then nobody drove them better than Roger Moore.
  7. The Deadliest Cars Boast The Best Gas Mileage And Easy Parking CBS news May 25, 2017 By Julie Watts SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Everyday about 100 people are killed in an auto accidents. A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the better the economy, the more traffic deaths. However, your odds of surviving may largely depend on the size of your car. Small cars are popular on Bay Area roadways, boasting good gas mileage, and easy parking on city streets. But as crash tests show, Mini Coopers and even small cars, come with serious safety drawbacks. For instance, a Mercedes continues to move forward while a Smart car is thrown backwards in a crash. Chuck Farmer, the vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said, “If you are in a small car you have to realize that most of the cars around you are bigger … you are at a very big weight disadvantage, that’s the physics of it.” When looking at specific categories, four-door mini cars have the highest death rate while large luxury SUV’s have the lowest. Overall, minivans have the lowest death rate. Cars have the highest, with 39 for every million cars on the road. And Farmer says the number of crash deaths rise as the economy improves. The study found road deaths have been trending downward since 1970, with a huge drop when the economy tanked in 2008. But in 2015, deaths began to increase again. IIHS notes a stronger economy fuels more driving, leading to an increase in deadly crashes. They predict crash deaths will fall again and note the increasing autonomous cars and crash avoidance technology will help. But when it comes to small cars, improved safety designs and technology can only do so much. Julie Watts
  8. The "Guesstimator" is hugely influenced by the outside temperature. As the temperature increases so too will the estimated range. Yesterday it was estimated that I had 106 kms of range.
  9. Usually the valve. Try this link - lots of info....
  10. I would bet that the EGR is the cause of the problem.
  11. Congratulations! I've had an ED since Aug 2015 and have racked up 17,000kms - LOVE IT!!! It's the go to vehicle (unless its a long trip) You are going to have a lot of fun with it.
  12. autoevolution 17 May 2017, 7:02 UTC · by Mircea Panait As fate would have it, Maybach sells more cars as a sub-brand of Mercedes that it did when it was a standalone automaker. Something that the ultra-luxury outfit won’t ever do, however, is to work its magic on a small car. In hindsight, it would be preposterous to affix the Maybach emblem to something like the A-Class or CLA. Remember that Aston Martin experiment called the Cygnet? Not even the well-heeled flocked to buy a Toyota iQ in drag, which is why only a few hundred examples were built over the course of two years. Plainly put, it was a disaster from a sales perspective. That’s one of the reasons why smart will never go ultra-luxury, albeit we can only dream, can’t we? One such dreamer is Jan Peisert, who goes by the name of Peisert Design on the WWW. Known in the car-loving enthusiast's realm for its rendering of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, Jan now took to his Photoshop skills to create an extremely lavish smart. Starting with the fortwo in Electric Drive guise as a canvas, Peisert then applied a larger-than-life treatment consisting of huge wheels, an exaggeratedly wide grille flanked by thin headlights, a little bit of carbon fiber trim, and a rear end adorned with a full-width light strip. As ludicrous as the exterior is, the cabin outshines it tenfold. A mix of genuine wood, real metal detailing, and acres of diamond-stitch leather upholstery is how the Peisert smart rolls, digital instrument cluster included. All in all, this fellow is a legitimate flight of wonder. Introduced in 2014, the third-generation smart fortwo shares many bits and pieces with the Renault Twingo III. But as opposed to the French sibling, the smart is also available as an EV. At €21,940 without accounting for government incentives, the fortwo Electric Drive has a 160-kilometer range to its name. The 17.6 kWh pack sends its juice to an 81 PS (60 kW and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) electric motor, with standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) doable in 11.5 seconds. click on image for youtube video
  13. Thanks for the kind words BJSmart! I use an old hair dryer to provide the heat. I experienced this problem 8 yrs ago. At the time my wife informed me that she had ''heavy steering''on her 05 smart. I took it for a test drive and it felt like there was a flat tire, but all the tires were fine. I researched and found this on evilutions site. The only thing I added was the use of heat with the hair dryer. This has worked on a number of smarts.
  14. WOW!!! You're certainly going to get to know your new smart! Have fun!!!
  15. Welcome to the club!