Daimler AG plans to upgrade the standard equipment of the 45 kW/61 bhp and 52 kW/71 bhp petrol-engined Smart fortwo models.
It will introduce micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology with a user-friendly automatic start-stop system in both models. This technology helps reduce the NEDC consumption of the two naturally aspirated engines by an average of 8 per cent, which can result in fuel savings of almost 20 per cent in city traffic. The upgradation will be effective from October 2008, according to the German automaker.
The auto maker also said that it will introduce a closed-diesel particulate filter that almost completely eradicates particulate emissions in the the Smart fortwo cdi version this year. The equipment of the innovative two-seater is being upgraded by an instrument cluster with a new design featuring an enhanced instrument panel and new door net pockets among other things. Two new colours "grey metallic" and "rally red" would be a new addition along with the optional new sporty six-spoke alloy wheels.
Daimler says it is is resolutely continuing its philosophy of making the smart fortwo even more environmentally-friendly and attractive by further reducing consumption and upgrade the vehicle's comfort levels for even better overall driving pleasure.
The Smart micro hybrid drive (mhd) automatic start-stop function has proven itself since 2007, although to date it has only been available in the 52kW/71 bhp model. To reduce the fuel costs for the smart fortwo, the two petrol models with 45 kW/61 bhp and 52 kW/71 bhp engines are now being fitted with the start-stop automatic function as standard (except in the US and Canada). This reduces the consumption of both versions in the combined cycle by around eight per cent, with a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
Smart has realised the idea behind the automatic start-stop system in a particularly clever way: the control electronics shut down the engine as soon as the driver brakes and the vehicle's speed falls below 8 km/h - for example when approaching traffic lights.
The engine starts in the fraction of a second as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal. In this way the fuel consumption is reduced even further. The smart fortwo's automated manual transmission is perfectly tuned to the automatic start-stop system. The driver only needs to accelerate and brake - no clutchwork or gear changing is ever needed. This fully automatic function of the smart fortwo with mhd technology makes it easy to save fuel and emissions.
The micro car is also improving the environmental footprint of the diesel model in model year 2009 with a new closed diesel particulate filter instead of the open version that was previously used.
The new system reduces the particulate mass in the exhaust gas to a minimum and, thanks to intelligent engine control, it is virtually maintenance-free with a long filter service life. With combined consumption of 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC), the smart fortwo cdi with a 33kW/45 bhp engine continues to be the world's production car with the lowest consumption and, with emissions of 88g/km, it is still the CO2 champion. In future it will also hold a top position in terms of particulate emissions.
Striking new colours such as the elegantly pleasing "grey metallic" and the sporty intensive "rally red" will complement the colour range and give customers a choice of six colours, which enable a total of twelve colour combinations in conjunction with the two colours for the tridion safety cell.
New sporty six-spoke alloy wheels in titanium silver measuring 175/55 R 15 at the front and 195/50 R 15 at the rear are optionally available. The new alloy wheels are also available in a chrome look as an accessory product. To match the new "rally red" paintwork the colour "design red" has now been updated and harmonised for the upholstery and fabric elements in the interior of the passion line. A redesigned instrument cluster with an enhanced LCD display will be an eye-catching feature on the instrument panel in future.
The fuel gauge is now positioned centrally at the bottom and is supplemented by a permanently displayed digital clock and exterior temperature indicator. Further new equipment details include net pockets in the doors on the driver and passenger side which offer greater storage space.
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