Mercedes-Benz China spokesman Samson Leung has written to clear up any 'misunderstandings' about the relationship between the 1.5-litre smart forfour (below, from $164,000) and the future Mitsubishi Colt. We have yet to test the new smart but have always rated the current Colt as one of the best-value family drives in town (from $119,800). But we never thought the Colt was anything more than 'just good friends' with smart's new forfour. According to some elements of the local motoring press, the two cars have been sharing body parts, which Leung confirms. But he says although the pair 'have a thing going on' - DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi are partners - the two cars have not 'gone all the way'. 'As I read your test drive reports, I figured out that there might be some misunderstandings of the relationship between smart forfour and the future Mitsubishi Colt,' Leung said. 'Therefore, I would like to clarify here. Yes, the smart forfour and the future Mitsubishi Colt do share some parts [the car battery and the fuel-tank system]. However, the two models do not share the same chassis, safety features, the electrics and the electronics. The active and passive safety concept, the automatic transmission and the electrics and electronics are developed by smart. 'The Tridion safety cell and the interchangeable bodypanels that give the two-tone concepts are unique for smart forfour.' Leung says the electronic stability program, which includes the anti-lock braking system, the hydraulic brake assist and the crawl function of the automatic transmission of the smart forfour, are from Mercedes-Benz Car Group. The group also provides the audio and navigation systems, the locking system including the drive lock, the rain and light sensor, the indicator system on the side mirrors, as well as a multi-functional steering wheel for the smart forfour, he says. 'Furthermore, expertise from the field of passive safety has also been incorporated into the smart forfour crash management,' Leung says. The Post will test the forfour shortly. We rush to the aid of racing driver Matthew Marsh, who is selling his 1963 Lotus Seven Series 2 (pictured) for about $300,000. Marsh asked us whether the advertisement tagline 'as driven by reigning Porsche champion' adds anything to the car's value. We're not sure, but we'd say the line 'one lady owner' is perhaps a more proven lure. Marsh says he is selling the Lotus to buy an apartment and 'it's been on the road for just about a year'. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org It's all change on Gloucester Road. The Dah Chong Hong group has revamped its Opel outlet into a sparkling Saab showroom (tel: 2838 3371) and moved the German marque to its Waterloo Road premises (tel: 2760 8668). We are delighted to see Saabs receive the frontage they deserve, as the 9-3s and 9-5s go like rockets and are tops for safety. We also hear Opel's 1.8-litre Meriva is expected to sell for 'about $178,000' in February. The Sime Darby Motor Group's Ford Hong Kong and Universal Cars have swapped spots, with the swish and new 2.5-litre Mondeo very comfortable at 23-34 Hennessy Road at $239,900. However, we still rate its two-litre predecessor and recommend it at $179,900 while stocks last; you really don't need anything bigger here, do you? Finally, you can ogle 27 beautiful classic cars competing in the second Dunhill Rally, which starts (at 11am) and finishes (at 12.30am) at The Repulse Bay today. Style police and traffic wardens might join anoraks at the treasure-hunt rally's 'checkpoints' at Taikoo Place, Crown Wine Cellars in Deep Water Bay Drive, Cinecitta in Star Street, Wan Chai, and the Dunhill store in Prince's Building. The rally reaffirms Dunhill's motoring roots. 'In 1893, Alfred Dunhill started out by creating innovative motoring accessories under the marque Dunhill's Motorities for both the car and its driver,' brand spokeswoman Katherine Leung says. So, check your mirrors for Clive Bate and Vivien Cheung in a stunning 1961 Ferrari 250GTE; Fraser Simpson (below) and his 'Girl Friday' in a 1961 Austin Healey 3000 and Clement Chen's splendid Aston Martin DB6.