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    Default Want a Twingo III?

    If you want a new Twingo lll and Renault is not interested in imporing them, perhaps Mercedes will oblige with the Smart Forfour Il.
    It has 60% of common parts, sharing platform, motor and interior.

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    I've already made that mental note. What would really be interesting would be a Smart Brabus or a Smart roadster/coupe.

    cheers! Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    If you want a new Twingo lll and Renault is not interested in imporing them, perhaps Mercedes will oblige with the Smart Forfour Il.
    It has 60% of common parts, sharing platform, motor and interior.
    Mercedes-Benz has pulled the SMART brand out of the Australian market. This happened in June this year, maybe a little earlier.

    So unfortunately, we won't even be able to do that!

    I once had a 2006 SMART Forfour Brabus, loved that car!!
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    G'day,
    that's why I can't find any reference to them, and none of my bookmarks work.

    http://www.smartaustralia.com.au/au/...rt-fortwo.html

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    That is the old model, pre-Renault.
    The new one looks like this
    Essai comparatif : Smart Forfour II vs Renault Twingo III - L'argus
    If Merc. have pulled out there is not much chance of European city cars appearing in Australia in anything other than the overpriced optioned up versions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    That is the old model, pre-Renault.
    The new one looks like this
    Essai comparatif : Smart Forfour II vs Renault Twingo III - L'argus
    If Merc. have pulled out there is not much chance of European city cars appearing in Australia in anything other than the overpriced optioned up versions.
    Anything under a Clio/C3/208/Polo, probably won't see the light of day in Australia, unless it's the Fiat 500. The VW Up! and the Fiat Panda are no longer being sold here and even Citroen have axed the C3 due to low sales in OZ!

    Unless Renault decide to import a Twingo RS (if Renault end up doing one), then there's no hope! I'd love one of them!

    Also, the Euro's still haven't mastered engineering a decent auto transmission for our region (Asia/Australia). Until they do that and price it close to a Korean, then there's no point in trying to get them to our market.

    The Renault Twingo, Peugeot 108, Citroen C1, VW Up!, Skoda CitiGo, SEAT Mii, SMART Forfour and Fiat Panda are all great cars and could offer so much more style and substance to this end of the market in Australia, but they can't get them here at a decent price and they keep forgetting that people in this part of the world, don't know how to drive a manual.

    My SMART Forfour Brabus was a little beast!!
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    Which leaves the question in my mind: 'will Honda bother with an Oz S600/1000?'.

    I do wish that my taste in cars was not quite so heterodox. All I want is just enough fellow-feelers to muster commercial viability. In the meantime, I shall have to salve my psyche with the Djet, 4CVG, R8 & Moke.

    Mind you, it's a bit hard to see the "toy" gap that a modern car might fill.
    - Toyota 86 or Twingo based Berlinette or Honda S600? - would I really enjoy any of these more than the Djet? - - Twingo RS? - tempting, but the 4CVG & R8 fill this slot (& don't have an unswitch-off-able ESC "nanny"). - ------- Twingo roadster or new MX5 or Elise? If I want wind in my hair (& everywhere else for that matter) whilst having a fang (& I do on occasion), then the Moke is very satisfying indeed.

    So that leaves me with just two cars on my wishlist, with each earning its place in virtue of a combination of entertaining dynamics & appealing quirkiness: a Moto Guzzi based Morgan 3-wheeler replica called 'Triking' (which might still happen) & a KERS-equipped Twizy (without the rest of the fit-out of the Twizy F1).

    cheers! Peter

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