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Why We Think You Should Be a smart Driver with a Chance to Travel This Summer

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The smart Deal

You've probably seen smart's "Own it in Beirut. Drive it in Spain." campaign on billboards around Beirut, on your newsfeed - and if you are an avid Beirut Souks shopper - you might have seen the smart cars exhibited there along with the smart team ready to show you the car and tell you more about the deal.

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If you didn't have the chance to learn more about the deal, here are the reasons why we think it's a great deal if you are in fact looking for this type of car within that price range.

The deal is pretty simple: if you buy the smart forfour (the smart fofour is a 4-door smart!) today, T. Gargour & Fils will fly you to the legendary smart times event that's going to take place in June (16-17) in Spain (in the city of Salou next to Barcelona - read more about this beautiful beach city below).

6 Reasons We Think It's a Good Deal

1. You get to own one of the best 4-door city cars.

2. You get to spend two amazing days in a beach city - think your summer vacay. You can start it there and enjoy Barcelona as well, you're already in Spain after all.

3. You get to meet and mingle with people from all over the world who've come to attend this event.

4. You get to drive the smart car there - compliments of T. Gargour & Fils.

5. You'll be at loads of fun events, activities and concerts as part of the smartimes event (the two day program will come out soon, keep your eye for it here).

6. And last but not least, your trip and stay expenses are complimentary - thank you T. Gargour & Fils.

Trip Details:

Trip details: Fly to Barcelona, Drive to Salou

Beirut – Barcelona: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Barcelona – Beirut: Sunday, June 18, 2017

For more info, call T. Gargour & Fils on 01-255366 or e-mail them at info@smartlebanon.com.

Super Offer

If you buy the new smart today you can benefit from a 2.9% interest rate over 3 years. There is also an in-house financing option - make sure to ask about it.

For more info, call T. Gargour & Fils on 01-255366 or e-mail them at info@smartlebanon.com.

Are you hooked yet?

Driving in Beirut

Let's face it, living in a busy city can be stressful, especially one like Beirut.

If you live, work, shop and party in Beirut like we do, you'd have to agree that getting around Beirut by car is not easy. Traffic jams are more frequent while parking spaces are harder to come by. The size of your car suddenly does matter but none of us want to compromise on looks either. If it's going to be a small car we're going for, it better have the trend-factor too.

Even though we love Beirut, owning the perfect city car to get around must be a well-studied decision.

The smart forfour: Your go-to city car

You've undoubtedly heard of the smart car. The new smart forfour (which is the 4-door) model is super stylish and fashionable, we all know that and - for one - the size helps you get around the city more efficiently. But if you are really thinking of buying one you'd probably want to know more about the car.

We personally aren't car gurus so we teamed up with automotive expert Gilbert Rahme better understand why it's probably the best city car - and why the current deal is a good one.

Gilbert has done hundreds of international test drives and runs his own print and online car magazine called AutoLiban. We hopped in the smart forfour with him while he tackled our inquiries more in depth about driving a small car in a congested city.

We spoke about everything from the safety of the car to its fuel-efficiency, as well as its perks.

Riding the smart forfour with Gilbert

Right, as an overview, the smart forfour is compact but it's also spacious and easily fits 4 people - so don't worry about dropping the entire possy back home after the party. What the videos below to see what Gilbert told us about the smart forfour in more detail.

Update - model year 2015 smart forfour

Intro & Safety

The smart's body frame is made with the top priority being the car's safety. Its tough steel can withstand an impact, it has airbags all around, ABS (Anti-lock Breaking System), a Lane Assist option and City Safety. That's almost as safe as any car can get.

Fuel Efficiency

smart's engine is a relatively small but it's a powerful one (900cc - 3 cylinders turbo engine - 90 horse power - 135 torque), so you get to save on fuel but at the same time you get more power out of the car.

Parking & Turning

smart has a very small turning circle which along with its highly responsive steering wheel makes it super easy to almost turn the car in place. Add to that the size of the car, parking in tight spots becomes super easy.

Cool perks

smart is jam-packed with some cool options, but that of course depends on the trim of the car (you can choose between passion, prime and proxy). To list a few: you've got the stop-start engine system, lane assist, heated seats, and the electric folding mirrors.

The Smart event in Salou, Spain

The smart times event is legendary among smart lovers - if you are one you've heard of it. Basically it's a yearly event that gathers smart enthusiasts from all over the world in a one place sometime in summer. It actually started as a local initiative by the Australian smart club and grew to become an international event. Some of the interesting places this event was held in are Italian Riccione, Antwerp, Lucerne, on the coast of Lisbon, in Budapest and Hamburg.

This year the event as we said will take place in June 16-17 in Salou, Spain. The two days will be jam-packed with activities, exhibitions, concerts, parties and most importantly loads of fun and sun. The city will be almost covered with colorful smart cars from all over Europe.

On top of all that you'll get to witness the smart legendary parade where 1,600 smart cars of all colors will drive along the coast of Salou on a two-way route.

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From Barcelona to Salou

So you are going to land in Barcelona and make your way to Salou. Salou is a Catalan beach city nestled on the Mediterranean coast. The city is approximately 15km2 (slightly bigger than the size of Lebanon hehe) with a string of beautiful exotic looking sand beaches covered with palm trees.

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Salou is a typical tourist city for those who are looking to relax by the beach, work on their tan lines, indulge in the array of sea dishes (paella yummy) and take promenades in the more bustling parts of the city.

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WHAT TO PACK TO The SMART EVENT IN SALOU

Sneakers: the 3 days of the smart times 2017 will be jam-packed with events, exhibitions and concerts. Make sure you are comfortable at all times as you will be walking quiet a lot.

Sunscreen: You will be spending a lot of time outdoors, from attending all the outdoors events to mingling with the peeps from the smart community - so make sure you pack your sunscreen. After all you don't want to burn your skin neither you are looking for those farmer's tan.

Caps or Panama Hats: again loads of outdoors activity await you, which means you will be spending lots of time under the screeching June sun - do keep your head cool under that hat.

Swimsuits: Salou is a beach town - you might want to take advantage of that. Slip into your bikini and swim trunks to get your tan on before all those events kick off for the day.

Sunglasses: well if you've packed your swimsuit, hat and sunscreen you definitely can't go without your sunglasses.

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