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The name of the car is smart fortwo. Caps optional.

Thursday, 16 April, 2009

A moment of your time please.

The vehicle built at a facility in Hambach, Lorraine, France operated by a division of Daimler AG is called: Smart Fortwo. Explicitly, the manufacturer is Smart GmbH, and the model designation is Fortwo.

The fortwo, a product of smart, GmbH a division of Daimler AG.

The fortwo, a product of smart, GmbH a division of Daimler AG.

The name implies the vehicle is designed to carry two people. It is not an arbitrary name or chassis-based naming system and should never be presented numerically, as “42” or “4-2”. In languages other than English, the vehicle is still called “Fortwo”.

While this machine is an automobile manufactured by Smart GmbH, it should not be called “Smart Car”. One would not say “Ford car”, “Volkswagen car”, “Toyota car”, &c.

Even though Mercedes-Benz is a better known division of Daimler AG, the Smart Fortwo is not manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. Smart Fortwo is not a model of Mercedes-Benz. Smart Fortwo is not distributed or connected in any way to Mercedes-Benz USA. One does not speak of Ford Volvos,  Chevrolet Holdens, Honda Acuras or Mercedes-Benz Freightliners. There is no such thing as a Mercedes Smart.

Particularly in consideration of the fact DaimlerChrysler no longer exists: The vehicle is not a DaimlerChrysler Smart.

Gallant: I’ve purchased a Smart.
Goofus: A smart what?
Gallant: Oh no, a Smart Fortwo. You know, one of those very small and trendy, allegedly German automobiles.
Goofus: You mean you’ve actually purchased one of those uninsurable death-trap DaimlerChrysler Mercedes Smart Forty-two Cars?
Gallant: I’m shall now beat you to death.

Don’t let this happen to you.

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