New smart Research and Development facility opened in Renningen, Germany


To design a smarter future, smart embraces co-creation, building on global expertise and local knowledge now also provided through the R&D center in Renningen.

With the introduction of the all-new smart #1, the company is not only launching a new car but also starting a new chapter for the brand with new goals for the organization. This includes the close collaboration of the smart Europe team and seamless integration with the engineering of smart Automobile Co., Ltd. in China. Especially on the research and development side a strong alliance between smart's dual home in Europe and China has been established.


To ensure the all-new smart #1 meets all European needs and requirements, market homologation, law and regulation conformity, testing and quality management with focus on customer requirements are carried out by the R&D team in the south of Germany. In addition to that, vehicle functionality testing and implementation of countermeasures for system issues is one of the core tasks located in the Renningen facility.


As the main tasks for the team in Renningen are crucial for the last phases within the development cycle of the new car, the team around Dr. Tilo Schweers, Vice President R&D Support, is currently finalizing the smart #1 for the world premiere on 7th April for its grand reveal in Berlin.


The smart brand will be expanding its products, services, and mobility solutions in further markets. Hence, channeling the research and development capacities from different markets while taking advantage of the long heritage in Germany is vital for future success of brand and its business strategy. 

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* The shown model is in the EU homologation procedure and the homologation is expected to be completed in July 2022. smart will publish the official values as soon as the homologation process is finalized. smart will publish the values through its usual channels. 

Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the 'Guide to Fuel Consumption, CO2 Emissions and Electricity Consumption of New Passenger Cars', which is available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern Scharnhausen, and at https://www.dat.de/co2/ .


Press contact:

Steven Peddie
Head of Public Relations and Communications smart Europe GmbH
Email: eu.communications@smart.com