Daimler at Inter Airport 2007
Oct 10, 2007
The new smart fortwo: the ideal, compact choice for vehicle pools at airports
  • Engines: powerful, clean, economical
  • Safety at the highest level
  • Ultra-low fuel consumption
In a nutshell: the new smart fortwo can do everything its predecessor could. Only - it can do it better. That means the new smart fortwo is even more comfortable, agiler, safer and more environmentally friendly than the outgoing model.
The modified chassis and the slightly larger body make the smart fortwo even more comfortable. Active and passive safety have also been further improved. The new drive technology provides even more agility and driving pleasure. Yet the new smart fortwo has also beefed up its environmental credentials. Its accomplished enhan­ced design gives the new smart fortwo a fresh, more masculine appearance. And yet it retains its unmistakable character: you can recognise the smart fortwo at first glance. From its distinctive tridion safety cell which also constitutes a major safety feature. And with its extremely practical innovative plastic body panels.
Engines: powerful, clean, economical
The smart fortwo was launched in April 2007 with newly developed, uprated petrol engines: the 1.0 litre three-cylinder unit produces 45 kW, 52 kW, 62 kW or 72 kW (61 hp, 71 hp, 84 hp or 98 hp). The output of the smart fortwo cdi has been increased by ten percent and is now 33 kW (45 hp).
All engines are linked to the equally all-new automated manual five-speed trans­mission from Getrag. The maximum speed is now 145 km/h with the petrol versions, 10 km/h more than the outgoing model.
Safety at the highest level
The already high level of passive safety has been further enhanced. Because it will also be sold in the U.S.from 2008, the new smart fortwo meets the stringent U.S.crash regulations in addition to European regulations. Similarly, the new regulations relating to pedestrian protection have also been implemented in the front section. And in addition, all-new head-thorax sidebags are available as an option, offering extensive head and chest protection in the event of a lateral collision.
Ultra-low fuel consumption
The smart fortwo underlines its outstanding economy with further improvements. Despite the higher engine outputs, the standard consumption of the petrol-engined versions is under five litres.
The smart fortwo micro hybrid drive with starter-generator offers the prospect of up to an additional 19-percent fuel saving in urban traffic. This provides benefits parti­cu­larly in urban and frequent stop-and-go traffic: if the car is waiting at traffic lights, for instance, the engine is automatically switched off. As soon as the driver presses the accelerator, the three-cylinder engine automatically springs back to life.
The new smart fortwo cdi has even lower fuel consumption figures: while the out­going diesel version already boasted the lowest consumption figures in its class, the new smart fortwo with emissions of just 88 g of carbon dioxide per kilometre has achieved the “three-litre” status (corresponds to a standard consumption of under 3.3 litres/100 km).
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