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Smart For-Us melds cute and ute

Outside of Europe's cramped city streets, the Smart ForTwo has been a hard sell. Maybe this open-air ute concept will make a better case for itself.

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Derek Fung

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For-Us or For-US?

Outside of Europe's cramped city streets, the Smart ForTwo has been a hard sell. Maybe this open-air ute concept will make a better case for itself.

Micro-car aficionados shouldn't get their hopes up, though, but the styling may serve as a pointer to the next ForTwo.

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Designed in Germany, not America

The rear tailgate slides electronically out and down, so there'll be no American-style tailgate parties with this car.

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Load 'er up!

The cargo bay is 900mm long, allowing it to swallow a few bikes, although their front wheels need to be detached first.

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Electric ute

The For-Us has a 55kW/130Nm electric motor powering the rear wheels.

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Wheee!

No mention is made of the car's range, but it can reach speeds of up to 120km/h. And all without the regular Smart's awful automated manual gearbox.

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Minimalism

The For-Us' interior is stark, but cheerful. We're not sure that the crescent-shaped wheel will be all that much fun to use, though.

Derek Fung travelled to the Detroit Motor Show as a guest of Ford.

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