Is it the Mercedes smart car? Or the Chrysler smart car? Or a smart car Mercedes Benz? Who makes the smart car anyway?
Going on the keyword search results for smart cars that I use to plan the content of this site (because I want YOU to be able to find what you're looking for on Google, Yahoo, or wherever), it looks like there's a lot of confusion about where smart cars come from... or who manufactures the smart car.
People are searching on all the terms above, as well as Lexus smart car, BMW smart car, and so on. So it seems we need a page like this one that explains the facts of the matter.
Smart cars were originally produced in Europe by the luxury car company, Mercedes Benz. You can learn more about the past at our history of smart car page, but in a nutshell, smart cars were a product of a partnership between Swatch and Mercedes Benz, conceived back in the mid-1990s.
Ten years later, with skyrocketing gas prices, the U.S. finally got more interested in small, fuel-efficient commuter vehicles. So, at that time, Mercedes Benz, which is a member of the Daimler-Chrysler Auto Group, decided to start a smartUSA division of the company. They teamed up with the Penske Automotive Group to be the exclusive distributors of smart fortwo cars in the United States.
And the rest as they say, is history! So, the answer to who makes smart cars is both Mercedes Benz and Daimler Chrysler, as they are part of the same company. We bought our smart at a smart center near Salt Lake City that was actually housed within a Mercedes dealership, so we definitely feel as though we own a Mercedes smart car.
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