Smart Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: In which year was Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. established as a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group?
A: 1994
B: 2017
C: 2019
D: 2021
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The joint venture aimed at producing Smart-badged cars in China was established in 2019.

2: Where is Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. headquartered?
A: Stuttgart, Germany
B: Beijing, China
C: Ningbo, China
D: Tokyo, Japan
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Ningbo, China due to the joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

3: What iconic feature did the original “City Coupé” model of Smart get renamed to?
A: Forfour
B: Forfun
C: Fortwo
D: Forthree
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The original City Coupé was renamed to Fortwo, highlighting its two-seater design.

4: By what percentage does Mercedes-Benz AG own Smart Automobile Co., Ltd.?
A: 25%
B: 50%
C: 75%
D: 100%
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Mercedes-Benz AG owns 50% of Smart Automobile Co., Ltd., with the other 50% owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

5: What is the simplified Chinese name for Smart Automobile Co., Ltd.?
A: 雕塑车有限公司
B: 汽马达有限责任公司
C: 智马达汽车有限公司
D: 通用汽车有限公司
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The simplified Chinese name for Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. is 智马达汽车有限公司.

6: Who is the current CEO of Smart Automobile Co., Ltd.?
A: Johann Tomforde
B: Ferdinand Piëch
C: Gerhard Fritz
D: Tong Xiangbei
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Tong Xiangbei is the CEO of Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. as of the latest information available.

7: What did the “c” in Smart’s logo with an arrow represent?
A: Classy
B: Chic
C: Cute
D: Cold
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The “c” in Smart’s logo with an arrow stands for “cute,” reflecting the brand’s compact and stylish nature.

8: What brand did Nicolas Hayek, CEO of SMH, originally develop the idea for that eventually led to Smart Automobile?
A: Rolex
B: Seiko
C: Swatch
D: Patek Philippe
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Nicolas Hayek, CEO of SMH (makers of Swatch watches), originally developed the idea for a compact city car which eventually led to Smart Automobile.

9: What was the informal name used for Smart’s purpose-built factory in France?
A: Smartland
B: Smartcenter
C: Smartville
D: Smartcity
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The purpose-built factory in Hambach, France, quickly gained the nickname “Smartville.”

10: What concept car introduced by Smart used a design studio in California?
A: Crosstown
B: Vision
C: Eco-sprinter
D: Formore
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The “eco-sprinter” was a concept car introduced by Smart, styled by Mercedes-Benz’s design studio in California.

11: In which city are the distribution, marketing, and aftersales activities for Europe handled by smart Europe GmbH?
A: Berlin
B: Stuttgart
C: Munich
D: Frankfurt
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: smart Europe GmbH, which handles distribution, marketing, and aftersales activities in Europe, is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

12: When was the first model of Smart’s “City Coupé” released?
A: October 1995
B: October 1996
C: October 1998
D: October 2000
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The first model of Smart’s “City Coupé” was released by Daimler-Benz in October 1998.

13: What does “SMART” stand for in the context of the automotive brand?
A: Small Motor Advanced Road Transport
B: Simple Mobility And Road Travel
C: Swatch Mercedes ART
D: Sophisticated Machinery And Road Technology
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The name Smart derives from the cooperation of the Swiss company Swatch with Mercedes-Benz: “Swatch Mercedes ART”.

14: Which year saw the design concept for Smart’s automobiles begin at Mercedes-Benz?
A: 1970
B: 1981
C: 1990
D: 1985
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The design concept for Smart’s automobiles began at Mercedes-Benz in the early 1970s.

15: Who had the role of auditing the design and manufacturing of the Smart car?
A: Volkswagen
B: Renault
C: Hayek Engineering
D: BMW
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Hayek Engineering, owned by Nicolas Hayek, audited the design and manufacturing of the Smart car.

16: What did the MCC eco-sprinter and eco-speedster concepts eventually inspire?
A: The Smart Roadster
B: The Vision-A concept
C: The Forfour
D: The Formore
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The MCC eco-sprinter and eco-speedster concepts eventually inspired the Vision-A concept, which became the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

17: When and where was the head office for MCC set up after its announcement?
A: April 1994, Hamburg, Germany
B: April 1995, Berlin, Germany
C: April 1994, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
D: April 1995, Zurich, Switzerland
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: By the end of April 1994, MCC had set up a head office in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

18: Which plant location did MCC announce for the assembly on 20 December 1994?
A: Brussels, Belgium
B: Hambach, France
C: Amsterdam, Netherlands
D: Turin, Italy
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: MCC announced Hambach, France, as the assembly plant location on 20 December 1994.

19: How did MCC lower costs and reduce responsibility for part installation in their cars?
A: Partnered with local manufacturers
B: Designed and installed all parts in-house
C: Used modular assembly systems with supplier employees
D: Imported parts from different countries
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: MCC used a modular system of assembly, where suppliers design, assemble, and even install their own modules, reducing costs and responsibilities for MCC.

20: When did Daimler-Benz acquire the remaining stake in the Smart joint venture from SMH?
A: 1994
B: 2000
C: 1996
D: Late 1998
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Shortly after the launch of the Smart car, Daimler-Benz bought out SMH’s remaining stake in the company in late 1998.

21: What was the name of Smart’s four-door, four-seat supermini introduced as part of their expanded product line?
A: Fortwo
B: Roadster
C: Forfour
D: For-Us
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Smart introduced a four-door, four-seat supermini aptly named the Forfour during the product line expansion.

22: Who designed the car’s modular system of assembly?
A: Johann Tomforde
B: Nicolas Hayek
C: Christoph Baubin
D: Ferdinand Piëch
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Johann Tomforde devised the modular system of assembly for Smart cars.

23: When did Daimler establish a joint venture partnership with Chinese automaker Geely to produce Smart-branded vehicles?
A: 2020
B: 2021
C: 2019
D: 2017
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Daimler established a joint venture partnership with Geely in 2019.

24: What was the first generation Smart model called that featured smaller than 660 cc engines suitable for the Japanese Kei car category?
A: Smart J
B: Smart K
C: Smart V
D: Smart Mini
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The first generation Smart models equipped with engines smaller than 660 cc were called Smart K to fit the Japanese Kei car category.

25: When did Smart officially launch in the United Kingdom?
A: 1996
B: 2000
C: 2004
D: 2008
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Smart was officially launched in the United Kingdom in 2000.

26: What key feature was highlighted in the Smart Concept #1 unveiled in 2021?
A: All-wheel drive
B: Hydropower drivetrain
C: Panoramic glass roof
D: Off-road capabilities
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Smart Concept #1, unveiled in 2021, featured a panoramic glass roof, among other design details.

27: In the history of Smart, what nickname was given to the Hambach, France factory?
A: Smartcity
B: Smartcenter
C: Smartville
D: Smarthouse
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Hambach plant was nicknamed “Smartville.”

28: Which of the following has NEVER been a name used for the brand Smart?
A: Smart GmbH
B: Swatchmobile
C: MCC smart GmbH
D: Microcar Corporation
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Smart has never been called Microcar Corporation; it originated from Micro Compact Car AG.

29: By what year did Daimler AG absorb Smart GmbH, making it a division within Mercedes-Benz Cars?
A: 2000
B: 2006
C: 2012
D: 2010
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In 2006, Daimler AG absorbed Smart GmbH, making it a part of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

30: What was the fiscal framework developed by MCC to share development costs with suppliers?
A: Joint Ventures
B: Modular System
C: Crowdfunding
D: Risk Sharing
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: MCC developed a modular system of assembly, sharing development costs with suppliers.

31: What term did the co-directors use internally for the name Smart before it became official?
A: SMGroup
B: MiniAuto
C: Swatch Mercedes Art
D: Quickcar
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Internally, MCC used Smart as an acronym for Swatch Mercedes Art before it became official.

32: How many years of sales did the Smart Fortwo mark in the United States in 2018?
A: 5 years
B: 10 years
C: 15 years
D: 20 years
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In 2018, the Smart Fortwo marked 10 years of sales in the United States.

33: Which test famously caused issues with the original Smart Fortwo prototypes, prompting design changes?
A: European NCAP
B: Swedish Moose Test
C: German Bahn Test
D: Japanese Hot Weather Test
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Swedish “moose test” revealed dynamic instability, prompting design changes to the Smart Fortwo.

34: The Smart models manufactured in China are marketed globally. What was the name change introduced for North America in 2018?
A: Only hybrid models
B: Only gasoline models
C: All-electric strategy
D: Larger family models
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: For 2018, Smart implemented an all-electric strategy, discontinuing gasoline models in North America.

35: Smart’s vehicles in Japan known for their smaller engines fall under which automotive category?
A: Ultracompact
B: Kei car
C: Microcar
D: Minicar
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Smart models with engine sizes smaller than 660 cc in Japan fit into the Kei car category.

36: After it was discontinued in April 2019, which country did Daimler continue to support Smart owners in?
A: Brazil
B: Australia
C: Canada
D: United States
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Despite discontinuing Smart sales in April 2019, Daimler continued to support Smart owners in Canada.

37: In which year did Daimler first announce it would establish a joint venture with Geely?
A: 2015
B: 2018
C: 2020
D: 2019
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Daimler announced the establishment of a joint venture with Geely in 2019.

38: Where was Smart’s dealership Smart USA established under a new U.S. dealership network?
A: General Motors
B: Honda
C: Penske Automotive Group
D: Tesla
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Penske Automotive Group took responsibility for establishing Smart USA, a new dealer network in the U.S.

39: What name was the first production model by MCC known as before being rebranded as the Fortwo?
A: City Coupe
B: Urban Two
C: Mini Two
D: Smart Two
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The initial model was known as the “City Coupe” before it was rebranded as Fortwo.

40: When did Daimler acquire the 100% equity stake in MCC, consolidating the Smart brand?
A: Early 1997
B: Early 2006
C: Early 1999
D: Early 2004
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Daimler acquired 100% equity stake in MCC and consolidated the Smart brand by early 1999.

41: Smart Concept #1 unveiled in 2021 features a large central infotainment screen. What size is it?
A: 8 inches
B: 10.5 inches
C: 12.8 inches
D: 15 inches
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Smart Concept #1 unveiled in 2021 features a 12.8-inch central infotainment screen.

42: Which car model inspired by the Vision-A concept eventually became a popular Mercedes model?
A: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
B: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
C: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
D: Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Vision-A concept car eventually inspired and became the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

43: Where was the MCC headquarters initially set up at the end of April 1994?
A: Paris, France
B: Munich, Germany
C: Florence, Italy
D: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: MCC headquarters was initially set up in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, at the end of April 1994.

44: What major alteration did Gerhard Fritz implement in the Fortwo design for better stability?
A: Added high-tech sensors
B: Changed to a diesel engine
C: Added ballast weight to the front
D: Introduced longer wheelbase
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Gerhard Fritz added ballast weight to the front of the Fortwo for better stability during emergency avoidance maneuvers.

45: When was the Smart brand launched in Australia?
A: 1999
B: 2001
C: 2003
D: 2006
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Smart vehicles were first launched in Australia in 2003.

46: The partnership with Geely in 2019 resulted in the unveiling of which concept at the Munich Motor Show in 2021?
A: Concept #3
B: Concept #1
C: Concept S
D: Concept X
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The partnership with Geely resulted in the unveiling of Smart Concept #1 at the Munich Motor Show in 2021.

47: What notable feature does the formore cross-over utilize from a higher-tier vehicle?
A: Off-road capability
B: Mercedes G-Class hardware
C: Mercedes C-class AWD hardware
D: Mercedes S-Class interiors
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Smart formore cross-over was intended to use the AWD hardware of the Mercedes C-Class before its industrialization was canceled.

48: What European country did the three-door Smart Fortwo see a waiting time of up to 6 months during its initial Canadian launch period in 2005?
A: Japan
B: Australia
C: Canada
D: Mexico
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: When the Smart Fortwo was launched in Canada in 2004, there were waiting lists of up to 6 months in 2005.

49: Which car-sharing service prominently featured Smart Fortwo vehicles?
A: ShareNow
B: RideShare
C: ZipCar
D: Car2Go
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Smart Fortwo vehicles were prominently featured in the car-sharing service Car2Go.

50: What simulation test indicated the necessity to lower the Fortwo’s center of gravity for improved stability?
A: European City Test
B: New York Taxi Test
C: Swedish Moose Test
D: Paris Roundabout Test
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Swedish Moose Test indicated the need to lower the Fortwo’s center of gravity to improve stability.

51: In the early 2000s, which Smart vehicle was criticized for having lower fuel efficiency compared to other economy cars?
A: Smart Roadster
B: Smart City-Coupé
C: Smart Forfour
D: Smart Fortwo
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The Smart Fortwo was criticized for having lower fuel efficiency compared to other economy cars, such as hybrids.

52: How many sites were initially identified as potential assembly plant locations for Smart?
A: 50
B: 90
C: 74
D: 100
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: By May 1994, the co-directors identified 74 potential sites for the Smart assembly plant.

53: In Canada, what type of driving results were observed using the Smart mhd through the government’s ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles program?
A: Increased emissions
B: Extended battery life
C: Improved fuel efficiency
D: Decreased reliability
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Smart mhd was tested and observed to improve fuel efficiency under the Government of Canada’s ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles program.

54: What year marked the start of the Geely-Daimler collaboration to develop new Smart models?
A: 2015
B: 2018
C: 2020
D: 2019
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The Geely-Daimler collaboration to develop new Smart models started in 2019.

55: For what particular regional vehicle category did Smart launch special versions in Japan?
A: Hatchbacks
B: Kei cars
C: Luxury Saloons
D: Sports Cars
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Smart launched special versions of their vehicles in the Kei car category in Japan.

56: As of the most recent information available, how many electric vehicle models does Smart currently offer?
A: 2
B: 3
C: 4
D: 5
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: As of the most recent information, Smart currently offers 3 electric vehicle models: the Smart Fortwo Coupe Electric Drive, the Fortwo Cabrio Electric Drive, and the EQ Forfour.

57: What year saw the concept of SMH’s Swatchmobile take root originally?
A: 1982
B: 1986
C: 1990
D: 1993
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The concept of SMH’s Swatchmobile, which eventually led to the development of Smart cars, began in late 1982.

58: Which company did Nicolas Hayek approach first to partner in developing the Swatchmobile?
A: BMW
B: Volkswagen
C: Renault
D: Fiat
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Nicolas Hayek first approached Volkswagen in 1991 to partner in developing the Swatchmobile project.

59: After being rebuffed by multiple car companies, which automotive manufacturer did Nicolas Hayek finally reach an agreement with for the Swatchmobile project?
A: General Motors
B: Fiat
C: Daimler-Benz AG
D: Renault
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: After being rebuffed by several car companies, Nicolas Hayek finally reached an informal agreement with Daimler-Benz AG in 1993 for the Swatchmobile project.

60: What year was the Smart City-Coupé successfully launched in Europe, after its initial postponement?
A: 1996
B: 1998
C: 2000
D: 2002
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Smart City-Coupé was successfully launched in October 1998 in nine European countries after postponing due to prototype instability issues.

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