In 2008, Smart Fortwo released an all-new brand and vehicle in the U.S., a miniature two-seat car that was available at select dealerships. In 2009, a new sport trim was added and flexible door storage nets were made standard. New options were introduced for 2009, including optional leather seating, automated lights and automated wipers.
While no changes were in store for 2010, the 2011 model year got LED daytime running lights, a new dash panel, cruise control, more storage options, an improved stereo system and new side curtain and knee airbags. Optional GPS and an updated stereo system marked the only changes for 2012. A slightly updated exterior, a new driver seat armrest and updated trim level options as well as the release of the electric version, the Electric Drive, earmarked the key changes for 2013.