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Johann Tomforde

Birthday: 12.03.1946
Birthplace: Zeven, D

Ferdinand Piech, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen, called the Smart an elephant’s roller-skate. It took Mercedes, main shareholder of the joint venture with Swatch Watches, decades to realise Johann Tomforde’s initial idea for a city car. After many problems and a failed moose test, Tomforde had to resign as head of design of the Smart project. Nevertheless, the compact two-seat car left a lasting impression. By now, the third generation of the all-electric Smart is out – without Tomforde’s participation, who is meanwhile working on the next generation of electric mobility as a whole.

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