While we’re used to seeing automakers abuse opulence at the top of their roster – the G 650 Landaulet is a prime example of that, we’re certainly not into things like ultra-small luxury offerings.
The tiny Toyota iQ is nothing to write home about – silently discontinued in Europe and North America in 2015 and Japan last year – but at least it was a logical choice for a good brand with ultra-small city car. What was preposterous was the European rebadged version – the Aston Martin Cygnet, available from 2009 to 2013. Thankfully no automaker has thought about doing such a thing – though rendering artists seem to think there’s a little bit of market for this kind of contraption still. No, there is no room for such things. But we can still have a laugh at them.
This is why we’re letting in the Smart Maybach By Peisert Design. We could almost imagine riding in one – quirky front end and huge wheels and all. That would be a completely different take on the affluent man’s idea of “livin’ the large life” – and we could see this on YouTube next to the candlelit booths at McDonalds, or the monkeys wearing Armani suits (no, not the Wall Street guys, the real chimps). Peisert Design thought about this – though they missed on the window of presentation – they should have pitched the idea to Daimler around April Fool’s.