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10 Years of the smart fortwo – a with Cult Status its Birthday

On July 2, 1998, a with an entirely new concept rolled off the assembly line: the fortwo. On that date an success story commenced in France. Until now, the two-seater has become the vehicle of of more than 900,000 in 37 countries. The smart fortwo got cult status and is the only which is still in production to be at New York’s Museum of Modern Since beginning of 2008 the is being successfully sold in the and starting from mid 2009 it also be available in China. For the first smart electric of the current vehicle generation is

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the of Management Daimler AG and Head of Cars: “The smart is a unique car that combines pleasure with lifestyle and fuel efficiency. The two-seater customers worldwide, thanks to its safety features, the distinctive design, as well as top quality, and economy. The smart fortwo is a solution and fun to drive. Had we not invented it ten ago, we would have to do so

smart sales approaching the one mark

In the tenth year its market launch, the smart can look back on an impressive development. The trendy two-seater has not become successfully established on the during this time; 150,000 customers have a second-generation smart fortwo the model was introduced in March All in all, far more than smart fortwos have delivered to customers since the was launched in 1998.

The smart fortwo in particular is the of customers with an individual in many major cities all the world. Whereas the car was initially in Germany and eight other countries, the innovative two-seater is now in 37 countries on five continents, in the U.S. South Africa, Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, and Canada.

smart now available in the U.S. – and soon in

In mid-January 2008, smart’s sales partner, the Penske Group, began delivering the vehicles to customers in the world’s automotive market. In total, U.S.-Americans already took of their very own smart

The smart fortwo will be available to Chinese customers mid 2009 on, allowing the brand to another major automotive The vehicle is in effect custom-tailored to the needs of the increasing numbers of buying small cars in “In China, too, we are observing customer interest in our high-quality and smart fortwo. I am sure many lifestyle-oriented customers in cities will soon to love its unique concept,” Dr. Zetsche when smart’s into the Chinese market was at Auto China in April

smart fortwo electric to be introduced in 2010

At the end of last smart launched a pilot in London, for which the company and fleet customers are jointly 100 smart fortwo electric to determine how the vehicles perform conditions encountered in everyday “We are currently developing a smart with electric drive and batteries, and we plan to introduce an drive version of the current generation in 2010,” said

The success story – 10 years of the fortwo


The vehicle developers at began designing the “Car of the back in the 1970s, when thought of taking revolutionary to create a super-compact automobile. In Nicolas G. Hayek, the inventor of the won the interest of Mercedes-Benz to create a car for city driving. The two partners the Micro Compact Car AG, headquartered in Switzerland. The smart fortwo as the city coupe at the time) its world premiere at the 1997 IAA Show in Frankfurt. In a move expressed the company’s commitment to the French town of Hambach was as the production location for smart. The plant (also known as commenced production in 1997. The line, which is shaped a “plus” symbol, optimally all logistical and assembly requirements. The design of the plant’s production reduces transport and logistics to a minimum. But that’s not the only the location in Lothringen is known for its friendly production processes: the supports the brand’s environmentally nature by means of its environmentally painting process, an energy concept featuring numerous measures, and the design of the vehicles Sales of the fortwo commenced in 1998. In the same year, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of AG (now Daimler AG).

In subsequent years, smart the smart roadster and smart (2003) as well as the compact smart forfour (2004). the decision to cease production of the roadster and the smart forfour, at the end of and in mid-2006 respectively, smart its efforts exclusively on the smart Europe’s youngest automobile has also repeatedly demonstrated its strengths. For example, it presented the crossblade (2002), which was without a roof, doors and and the smart crosstown show car which featured a trendsetting drive.

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Whatever their or origins may be, customers from all the world today are enthusiastic the smart. For many, the smart is a kind of ‘automotive declaration of Measuring barely over meters in length, the car even into parking spaces The vehicle safely and comfortably two passengers, while also enough room for their The car is also climate-friendly as it is very efficient and exemplary in terms of CO2 Even ten years ago, the was thus already providing to many urgent questions to urban mobility.

The fortwo is a unique car with an exterior. Its unmistakable features a mix of materials that is a hallmark of the The components consist of a steel known as the tridion safety and a flexible bodyshell made of thermoplastic body panels. The fortwo’s distinctive design combines various functional, and safety requirements to create totally new. That the two-seater not only a visual among micro cars, but an automotive icon that functionality and the enjoyment of life.

The story continues with the generation

The second generation of the fortwo was launched in April The new model follows in the footsteps of its and once again sets new when it comes to safety for small cars. The vehicle’s safety cell acts the hard shell of a nut to protect the occupants. Not only does allow the smart fortwo to the very demanding safety of Mercedes-Benz Cars, it also the requirements of EuroNCAP and of the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Standard safety equipment in the fortwo includes full-size for the driver and passenger as well as tensioners and belt force Head-thorax sidebags are available as an Another standard feature is which is not even available at a in many other micro esp incorporates hill start and the abs anti-lock braking system. The Brake Assist system is fitted as standard.

The diesel-powered smart is the world for low CO2 emissions

In the rear of the smart is a compact, cutting-edge three-cylinder with a displacement of 999 cubic The engine versions currently in Western Europe consist of two aspirated engines generating 45 and 52 kW (61 and 71 respectively, as well as a turbocharged with an output of 62 kW (84 hp). A turbo engine also the smart fortwo BRABUS, 72 kW (98 hp).

The brand also a diesel variant – the smart cdi, which is the world in terms of low CO2 emissions. The 33 kW/45 hp consumes an average of 3.3 liters of per 100 kilometers (NEDC) and can travel for 1,000 kilometers before to be refueled. At 88 grams per kilometer, the car has the world’s lowest CO2 emissions of a vehicle. Twenty percent of drivers in Germany and Italy to the road in the fuel-efficient diesel

To further reduce CO2 emissions of the engines, smart also the smart fortwo mhd (micro drive) in Europe. The vehicle has an of 52 kW/71 hp and is equipped with an start/stop system that turns off the engine when the car at less than 8 km/h and the applies the brakes. The engine on again as soon as the driver his or her foot off the brake pedal. The function reduces standard by about 0.4 liters – from 4.7 per 100 kilometers to around 4.3 liters per 100 CO2 emissions meanwhile are reduced an average of 112 grams to approx. 103 per kilometer.

car Smart Crosstown
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