Press Kit: The new smart fortwo
Madrid
Jan 31, 2007
Environmental friendliness: Extremely low consumption and excellent overall environmental balance
The petrol versions of the new smart fortwo are among the most economical vehicles in the micro car segment. Both the naturally aspirated and the turbo version consume less that five litres of premium grade petrol. The exact figures for combined NEDC consumption are: 4.7 and 4.9 litres/100 km.
The smart fortwo with a starter generator that will be available from the end of 2007 and will be based on the 52 kW petrol version, promises further savings of up to 13 percent in city traffic.
This has particular advantages when driving in urban areas and frequent stop-and-go traffic: the three-cylinder engine automatically switches off when the car stops at traffic lights, for example. It starts again as soon as the driver presses the accelerator pedal.
The new smart fortwo cdi consumes even less fuel. The diesel variant achieves the coveted "three litre" status. It emits just 90 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, meaning it consumes less than 3.4 litres of fuel per 100 km under standard conditions.
The new smart fortwo cdi complies with the legal requirements (EU4) even without a diesel particle filter. However, the smart fortwo cdi is fitted with a diesel particle filter (open system) as a standard feature in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
The smart fortwo cdi is currently one of the few cars in the micro car segment to be offered with a particle reduction system as standard. The open system filters out more than 40 percent of the particulate emissions.
In addition to this, a year after the market launch the smart fortwo cdi will be offered with a closed system.
smart fortwo awarded environmental certificate
In October 2006 the Öko-Trend institute for environmental research certified a very good overall environmental balance for the smart fortwo and awarded it the environmental certificate for cars.
This award is not only dependent on fuel consumption; the certificate is based on an extensive assessment of a car's environmental compatibility. As well as fuel consumption, noise and pollutant emissions, ecological criteria such as details of the manufacturer's production, procurement, logistics, recycling and environmental management are included in the assessment.
These things have always been important to smart: protection of the environment was and continues to be an integral part of all the company's fields of activity. This does not only apply to the production facility in Hambach, France - it also applies to the smart fortwo itself, from the development and production of the vehicle to its operational period and later recycling.
Production
The smart fortwo is produced at "smartville" in Hambach, France. System partners on site deliver pre-assembled modules straight to the production line. The production process has been optimised to such an extent that the entire final assembly process, which previously only took 4.5 hours, now takes just 3.5 hours.
Great importance is given to protection of the environment in Hambach. For example, for the smart’s three basic colours – black, white and yellow – only water-soluble paints are used. The bodypanels with moulded-in colour are fully recyclable.
The tridion safety cell is powder coated which removes the need for solvents. Parts of the underbody and the inner wheelhouses are produced entirely from recyclates. The instrument panel is made partly from the renewable raw material flax.
Parking spaces/car parks/perpendicular parking
Though the smart fortwo is a little longer than its predecessor, it is still unbeatable in terms of the amount of parking space it requires. Where any other small car would have to pass on by, the smart fits in. No other car in its class takes up less space on the road. It’s even still possible to park perpendicular to the flow of traffic. No more than 2.50 metres of the car will ever project into the road, provided that the wheels are right up against the kerb so that part of the vehicle’s body (either at the front or back) extends over it.
Ease of repair
The new smart fortwo is again characterised by a sturdy tridion safety cell with an outer skin made from elastic plastic components (bodypanels). The smart comes away completely undamaged by small parking bumps, which for many other cars would immediately mean expensive repairs.
The white, black or yellow panels are flexible and the colour is moulded-in, so scratches go virtually unnoticed. If the worst comes to the worst, they can simply be replaced quickly and inexpensively. There’s no need for repainting.
Further protection against damage is provided by an aluminium support located transversally behind the bumper, and crash boxes, which absorb deformation energy and protect the vehicle body itself. The boxes are bolted on and can be replaced inexpensively if necessary.
Stability of value
After eight years on the market, the smart fortwo is one of the most value-stable cars there is - not just in its class. This is probably thanks to its cult status. The new smart fortwo looks well set to continue setting standards in terms of value stability because in future there will be an increasing demand for inexpensive and environmentally friendly mobility, however without making any compromises on comfort, safety and driving fun. And this is exactly what the new smart fortwo has to offer.
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