Smart, the fun brand that as produced the fortwo and other such tiny little eco-friendly cars, has decided that the time has come to get creative. Many people would argue that their cars are already pretty “out there” in terms of design, style and concept – but apparently creating cars that could fit in a handbag and vehicles made from lightweight modular sections simple isn’t enough for Mercedes-Benz. Nope, they needed to go one step further.
Have you ever seen a smart car on the street? I am sure you have – and if you haven’t then you have been missing out. They aren’t by any means sensible (or by any means sleek and sporty!), but these are cars that just want to have fun. Some of their old designs, particular the roadster, take the whole concept of having fun to a new and strange level – brilliant! If you have seen them then you have no doubt noticed the range of colours and combinations that you can get these cars in – blue and black Autel MaxiDiag MD808, green And yellow, red and blue – I have seen all of these on the streets of various cities around Europe! Even better, you can get decals (stickers, essentially), in all sorts of patterns, and these can be applied to your smart car to make it even more fun. Personally I have seen plenty of designs, but the camouflage and the snowflake decals were my favourite!
Now, with this creative background behind them, smart have opened up the floor to you. If you have some inspiring ideas, then they invite you to sign up on their website and submit that idea in the form of a cute little design Autel MK808. It can be dark and mean, with a terrifying subtext, or light and fluffy, featuring bunnies and daisies. Some people are going for simple line drawings, others are submitting detailed and professional works of art.
If you do enter, then you fit your art onto the smart car template. People then vote on your design, rating it out of five for style and likability. Whoever is the most popular, with the highest score at the end, wins the price. The prices, by the way, are quite desirable, and are a good reason to enter – with the first place winner getting a mighty €1500 cash prize. Now, does that make this creative little competitions a lot more tempting?!
My personal favourite designs on the site seem to make clever and witty little statements, mainly about the urban quality of the car, and about the environment amongst which is lives. There are some real works of art, however, and I wonder if these will win. If you own a used smart car, or like the design (or just fancy winning some much appreciated cash!), then why not visit their website and have a go for yourself? All you need to have is an image on the computer to upload, 5 minutes to register, and a little bit of budding creativity!
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Smart cars.