Smart makes small rear-engine, rear-wheel drive cars targeted at city dwelling folk. That much we all know, but where does its name come from?
Originally codenamed MCC or Micro Compact Car, the MCC name was used for the company’s official legal name. The two companies squabbled over the name, with Swatch initially wanting a variation name used for the car, such as Swatchmobile.
Eventually the two partners settled on Smart, which is a portmanteau of Swatch Mercedes Art.