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from KOMOTV Seattle

DETROIT (AP) - America is about to meet a pint-sized pickup.


Calling it the perfect vehicle for an urban society, Smart on Monday unveiled the “for-us,” its tiny take on the classic U.S. pickup truck.

Smart, a division of Germany’s Daimler AG, said the concept vehicle is so small that it could fit in the bed of a traditional pickup and be barely noticed. At the same time, it provides enough room for two people to sit comfortably. The truck’s cargo bed hold spaces to charge the front wheels of two electric bicycles.

The electrically powered concept truck combines the fun and freedom of a pickup with the practicality and ecofriendly aspects of an economy car, Smart Chief Executive Annette Winkler told reporters at the North American International Auto Show.

Concept cars are ways to test out ideas that may or may not go into production.
Here are the highlights of the car:

POWER: Its lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in less than eight hours. It has a 55-kilowatt magneto-electric motor.

SIZE: The truck is 139.6 inches long, nearly three feet longer than Smart’s traditional “fortwo” car.

SPEED: With 96-pound-feet of torque, the “for-us” can go up to 80 mph.

LOOKS: Its interior is mother-of-pearl white and brushed aluminum, with bright yellow seat covers. Instead of a traditional rear-view mirror, a video camera shows the space behind the car on a smart phone mounted above the dash. The truck features Michelin off-road tires mounted on three-spoke wheels with fold-out wing nuts.

CHEERS: The truck’s small size would make it easy to park, especially for city dwellers forced to hunt for street parking daily.

JEERS: Did I mention that this truck is really small? In America, Smart has struggled to sell its tiny cars, which must share the road with much larger vehicles. It’s unclear if a truck this tiny has a chance of catching on.

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Were the designers inspired by the Honda del Sol, circa 1993-97? A friend of mine had one and it felt teenier than my Honda CRX. No doubt those old Hondas are bigger than this so called pick up truck. Really? What’s next a Fred Flintstone foot pedaled golf cart…sold as a luxury sedan?

Honda Del Sol. It’s Ram Tough.

 

» 55 Comments

  1. the aardvark

    January 9th, 2012

    There is no way in Hell that I would ever drive one of these!

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  2. Burrly new year

    January 9th, 2012

    “…the concept vehicle is so small that it could fit in the bed of a traditional pickup and be barely noticed…”

    I’d notice it less if I drove over it.

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  3. historicus

    January 9th, 2012

    SAFETY: You’ll be killed instantly, which is fortunate for you, as Obamacare will not cover the necessary surgeries needed to re-assemble your shattered bones and organs.

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  4. Menderman

    January 9th, 2012

    Fold out wing nuts? Is that invented by Tampax? I hope I never hit one with my 96 F-250 4WD 3 ton real truck…it might scratch the transfer case….

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  5. John Difool

    January 9th, 2012

    It’s basically a car without the trunk hood. You couldn’t even fit a big screen tv back there but it should keep you stocked up in bird food from Whole Foods for at least a month on one trip.

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  6. RANDO

    January 9th, 2012

    That thing would make a good hood ornamant for my truck.

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  7. BigFurHat

    January 9th, 2012

    But can it haul around that woman’s head?
    I think not.

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  8. Burrly new year

    January 9th, 2012

    Sigh…..

    Remember when they built cars worth stealing?

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  9. Bad Brad

    January 9th, 2012

    I think an important point here is that they are already increasing the sizes of these little POSs. In another 50 years they’ll have gotten back to normal sized vehicles. Don’t ya love product evolution.

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  10. Stevo

    January 9th, 2012

    I never thought I would ever see a car that screamed:

    ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.’

    Hey, it’s ‘Ram butt tough.’

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  11. historicus

    January 9th, 2012

    @Burrly- I’ll bet the cops wouldn’t lower themselves to pursue you if they saw you hot-wiring one.

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  12. BigFurHat

    January 9th, 2012

    I want one for the house. Like, to go to the kitchen from the bedroom.

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  13. John Difool

    January 9th, 2012

    I’m having a hard time imagining Sam Elliot voicing a commercial for this.

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  14. Bad Brad

    January 9th, 2012

    @historicus. Why would you hot wire it when you could just pick it up and walk off with it? I wonder if this truck comes with a smart dirt bike to put in the bed?

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  15. marleenna1959

    January 9th, 2012

    It can go up so 80 mph but who would want to?

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  16. BigFurHat

    January 9th, 2012

     
  17. John Difool

    January 9th, 2012

    @bfh

    Reminds me of a joke:

    Ya’ hear about the guy who ran over his wife with a car?

    Yea, I have no idea what he was doing driving in the kitchen either.

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  18. FreeMan - Save us Sarah

    January 9th, 2012

    Great, a car that Chevy Volt owners can look down upon.

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  19. FreeMan - Save us Sarah

    January 9th, 2012

    Name – Re-Vol-Ting

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  20. DavidD

    January 9th, 2012

    “SPEED: With 96-pound-feet of torque, the “for-us” can go up to 80 mph.”

    Downhill. With a 20-mph tailwind.

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  21. The Doktor

    January 9th, 2012

    It says it can recharge in 8 hours but nowhere does it say how FAR you can travel with it before it needs recharging.

    BTW – At my job I sometimes get home at midnight and have to leave for work at 7am. AND, I work 40 miles from home. I’ll let the engineering geniuses that make these Hot Wheels do the math for my situation and go back to the drawing board to make a vehicle EVERYONE can drive.

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  22. woody

    January 9th, 2012

    Looks like a Reebok on wheels.

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  23. mmm

    January 9th, 2012

    I can fit 8 foot lengths of wood and 10 foot lengths of pvc in my Civic with the trunk closed.

    This “truck” is a joke.

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  24. SgtZim

    January 9th, 2012

    I bet they’ll also fit in the canal without much fuss!

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3937178

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  25. Mr. Chris

    January 9th, 2012

    That’s not a truck – I can get a 20 foot extension ladder in a truck.
    Calling that a truck is like calling the zero administration a victory for America.

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  26. Menderman

    January 9th, 2012

    Is this part of Obamacare? No need for death panels if we all drive the POS’s:

    http://media.komonews.com/images/070807_SR_169_fatal.jpg

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  27. jwm

    January 9th, 2012

    But wait you guys!
    It’s eco-friendly!
    We all want to be eco-friendly, and save the earth and all, right?

    JWM

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  28. Ray

    January 9th, 2012

    My German grandfather (Opa) used to drive a car that looked like one of these. East German socialist mobile….JUST SAY NO!!!

    Hey wait a minute…we’ve seen this before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAqPMJFaEdY
    .

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  29. Chuck U Farley

    January 9th, 2012

    Which end is the front end?

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  30. Crabby Poppet

    January 9th, 2012

    And I thought being seen in a Volt would be embarrassing. It looks like a souped-up Good Humor cart.

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  31. TooMuchTime

    January 9th, 2012

    The truck’s small size would make it easy to park, especially for city dwellers forced to hunt for street parking daily.

    What?!?! Unless I miss my guess, it’s still one car to one parking space. You have to hunt for a parking space whether you pedal one of these things around or drive a ’59 Cadillac.

    Why would you hot wire it when you could just pick it up and walk off with it?

    Walk off with it? Hell! You’d be less conspicuous if you hacky-sacked it down the road.

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  32. old_oaks

    January 9th, 2012

    Lol! These things are going to be great during the riots!

    They’re so light, you can almost throw them!

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  33. Corona

    January 9th, 2012

    The look on that guys’ face in the first pic…”No, really…I’m a man.”

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  34. Lylelovett666

    January 9th, 2012

    You know who made a great truck?Back in the eighties this company called yugo made a great truck.Also I remember in the 70s my dad had a crazy truck made by volkswagon.The bed was in the front of the truck!

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  35. J-Mac

    January 9th, 2012

    Imagine you’re at a stop light in that thing. Imagine an 80,000 pound Kenworth coming up behind you. Imagine his brakes fail. Yeah. Imagine.

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  36. FreeMan - Save us Sarah

    January 9th, 2012

    2012 shopping carts are in.

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  37. TooMuchTime

    January 9th, 2012

    Reminds me of the commercial for their first car.

    unbig. uncar.

    Unsafe.

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  38. Menderman

    January 9th, 2012

    I am waiting for the ad that shows Tom Kruse taking it to the Grand Canyon!

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  39. Janif

    January 9th, 2012

    No – I think was copied (stolen?) from the Suzuki x90, which I have been trying to find for years – if anyone has one to get rid of let me know. THAT was a cute (but weird), fuel-efficient two seater with a T-top – a used one would still get better gas mileage now than a lot of the hybrids out there.

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  40. Kurt P

    January 9th, 2012

    Funny how a pshychobilly band is cutting edge in looking at these eco-mobiles…

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  41. geofraz

    January 9th, 2012

    There will never be an affordable electric car that is anything more than a glorified golf cart!

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  42. even steven

    January 9th, 2012

    It should be legal to tar and feather whoever called that thing a truck.

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  43. grayjohn

    January 9th, 2012

    Another green POS death trap.

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  44. Claudia

    January 9th, 2012

    @SgtZim, VERY funny clip! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Chieftain

    January 9th, 2012

    So how many shovels full of gravel will it hold??

    I can (and have) strapped 16′ cedar 2/4 lumber to the cargo rack on top of my Tracker, and I hauled a sheet of 1/2″ plywood home today.

    I’d worry about putting a box of nails in the back of that thing….

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  46. Commissar M

    January 9th, 2012

    And hey, the “regular” Smart has been such a shining success, why not another one?

    I can’t figure this out. There are about 4 of the “Fortwo” running around my town and they just look dangerously small. Maybe they’re great in a crowded, ancient European city with other toy-sized cars but on American roads, they make absolutely no damn sense.

    They fail entirely to take into account American geography, infrastructure, other vehicles on the road and just the sheer damn size of the country. In Europe, you could travel a whole country in the same time and distance it takes to cross many states. American cities are nowhere near as old or as tightly packed as many European cities, meaning they can more easily accommodate larger vehicles.

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  47. Bad Brad

    January 9th, 2012

    This is sad. I blame all this on Obama.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDU5BU_qSJU&NR=1&feature=endscreen
    /

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  48. Ernest T. Bass

    January 10th, 2012

    Cute…but it won’t get your ass out of a bind like a v8, 4wd mud slingin’ gas guzzlin’ “real” truck.

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  49. wolfman

    January 10th, 2012

    Why hotwire? Just put a dolly under the front end and wheel it away. I’d bet I could walk it to an alley and throw a come-along to get it in my truck. Would barely be worth the fuel to recycle it though, so don’t bother. When I want mileage, I’ll stick wuth my old cb750. 50+ mpg and still smoke those hopped up import cars. If you’re going to take your life in your hands, at least have fun, right?

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  50. LoveitorLeaveit

    January 10th, 2012

    My Radio Flyer was bigger…and hauled more!

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  51. LadyGun12

    January 10th, 2012

    Not that I would be caught dead in that thing, but they’d have to use the jaws of life to pry my butt out of it. No thanks. I’ll keep my F-150 Super Crew.

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  52. plf5403

    January 10th, 2012

    The new way to “come out” to the world. It’s the Smart Company’s new Metro-Sexual. It just screams G-A-Y, all day.

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  53. MNHawk

    January 10th, 2012

    Well, let’s see. They cost as much as any other small car, with much more passenger/cargo room, and they don’t get better gas mileage than any other car with much more passenger/cargo room.

    But then we already knew that as the products/people/policy with “smart” in the label, is anything but.

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  54. Bob M.

    January 10th, 2012

    I look forward to crushing it with my Hemi-powered Jeep Commander! :-D

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  55. Major Mal function

    January 10th, 2012

    I’m positive it’s the perfect pickup … for two dudes in a live-in relationship.

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