Friday 13 June 2008

Smart diesel arrives in Feb '09 (UK)

Sources within Mercedes have revealed that the oil-burning ForTwo will arrive in the UK.

The car, which produces 44bhp, has a 799cc three-cylinder diesel unit, can do 85mpg combined and produces only 88g/km of CO2. By current standards, this would make it the most fuel-efficient car sold in the UK. The CDI already accounts for 30% of ForTwo sales worldwide. The car will go on sale in February 2009.

The Smart Fortwo CDI had originally only been intended for mainland Europe, but this week's sign-off to produce a right-hand-drive version for marketing in Britain comes in the wake of several weeks of record oil prices and a four-day fuel strike by Shell delivery drivers.

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