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Mercedes Puts Another Nail in the Minicar’s Coffin With Smart SUV

Even the brand known for tiny two-seaters is turning to sport utility vehicles.

The Smart #1

The Smart #1

Photographer: Alexandra Kern

Some cars occupy a special place in the history of automobile design, and Mercedes-Benz’s Smart Fortwo certainly is among them.

At just 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) long and 1.5 meters wide, the two-seater weighed roughly 800 kilograms and cost less than 9,000 euros ($9,791) when it was introduced in 1998, making it an easy-to-park and affordable option for city dwellers. Mercedes stacked the vehicles in display case-like glass towers to market them to a design-conscious urban crowd. In 2002, the Museum of Modern Art in New York entered the car into its permanent collection.