Smart Moves on After Breakup with U.S.

Breakups can be rough on your self-esteem, but sometimes you just have to move on.

Smart, the tiny carmaker from Daimler, has done just that. It has transformed itself into an exclusive, sassy EV brand. The 2020 lineup consists of three models, the EQ ForTwo, EQ Fortwo Cabriolet, and the EQ Forfour. None of them are being sold in the U.S. and Smart isn’t looking back.

Daimler, the parent company of  Mercedes-Benz, first brought Smart to U.S. markets in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the deepest part of the recession, they sold nearly 25,000 cars but sales declined every year after. U.S. buyers purchased less than 1300 Smart ForTwo vehicles in 2018, causing Daimler to face facts. U.S. customers just aren’t into small, cute, and perky.

The electric powertrain is the same as the 2019 U.S. model, featuring an 80-horsepower motor at the rear axle. The 17.6-kilowatt lithium-ion battery has 58 miles of range. Though it operates well in cities, highway drivers might be disappointed with the 11.6-seconds 0-62 mph time and top-speed of 81-mph.

The 2020s are stylish enough. There’s a new console with extra storage, which is always at a premium in sub-sub compacts. An 8-inch touchscreen keeps you connected and buyers have more options to choose from. The models have a new grill and pinched-back headlights that give it a sort of angry look.

Maybe it isn’t all the way over the breakup, not just yet anyway.

Never fear. Smart fans will still see them here. Dealerships have a dwindling inventory that was made for the American market, and there are thousands of older models on the road.  

Fortunately, you can count on EuroCar Service, located in Seattle, WA, to continue to service your Smart car. We also service nearly every other European automobile, such as Saab, Audi, Land RoverMercedes, MINIVolkswagen, Volvo, and Fiat at our state-of-the-art facility. We understand that you demand a lot from your vehicle and deserve cutting-edge procedures and service. Our highly-trained ASE Certified Master mechanics and top-rated customer service experts have gained us a spot on Expertise’s list of Best Auto Shops in Seattle. To schedule an appointment with the most dependable, accurate, and honest European vehicle service facility in Seattle, contact us online or call 206-527-8828 today!

BMW Adds Alexa Assistant to their Line

BMW Adds Alexa Assistant to their LineBavarian Motor Works has announced that it is adding Alexa Voice Assistant to its 2018 line of BMW and MINI cars. Alexa, a cloud-based service that is voice activated, is powered by Amazon, the online retail giant who has recently expanded their scope of services to include Alexa voice-activated modules inside the homes of consumers. Meanwhile, auto manufacturers have been attempting to perfect voice-activated services for years. These previous voice activated assistants could be finicky and narrow in scope, but Alexa has a dazzling array of potential uses, from creating playlists to giving traffic updates. Amazon calls these uses “skills.” Alexa is said to have tens of thousands of existing skills already, with more added with each passing day.

Voice assistant modules like Alexa are increasing in popularity, and Alexa is one of the more popular services available. Others, like Google Home, have already been added to competing manufacturer’s models, including Mercedes Benz’s line of cars, which will also feature an Amazon Alexa module.

A Special Bond Between Alexa and BMW

But the Alexa features on the BMW line will be a class apart, with car-specific skills integrated. Drivers can use the app to check on the car’s tire pressure, fuel, or battery levels with a simple voice command. There’s also no need for drivers to use their phones while driving; Alexa features are integrated into BMW’s infotainment system, which was announced last year.

This system, which was first featured on the 5 series in 2017, features gesture activation, voice activation, and an iDrive knob, so that drivers can operate the system safely and without distraction. On the 5 series, the infotainment console features a 10.5” display with impressive responsiveness. By adding Amazon Alexa to their arsenal, the BMW group has created an infotainment package that is unmatched in its category, and it will be featured as a standard component in all 2018 BMW and MINI cars.