Thursday, 4 September 2008

Smart ForTwo reaches 1 millionth milestone

The one millionth Smart ForTwo rolled off the production line at the plant in Hambach, France, a Passion micro hybrid drive (mhd). On the occasion of the production anniversary and the tenth birthday of the Smart brand, Daimler presented the new smart electric drive.

In Hambach Dr. Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said “The smart electric drive makes zero emission driving in an urban environment a reality.”

The anniversary vehicle, which celebrates the tenth birthday of the Hambach plant and is the one millionth ForTwo, rolled off the production line as an mhd passion with a 52 kW/71bhp engine in the metallic silver. The car will be donated to charity. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, congratulated the team at the Hambach plant on their work. “The continuing rising demand shows the success and the potential of the smart ForTwo from Hambach. This year we have already sold 90,000 cars, more than 16,000 of them in the USA. From mid 2009 the smart will also become a familiar sight on Chinese roads.”

The Smart ForTwo electric drive:

The new Smart ForTwo electric drive offers the brand additional growth opportunities: “From the end of 2009 we will produce a small series of the Smart ForTwo electric drive with a lithium-ion battery”, Dr. Dieter Zetsche said. The predecessor of the Smart ForTwo electric drive, the ForTwo EV (electric vehicle), celebrated its world premiere in 2006. Since 2007 a fleet with a total of 100 Smart ForTwo electric drives of the first generation has been tested in everyday service in London. With the ForTwo, the smart with electric drive is also being re-engineered. Whereas the first generation of the Smart ForTwo electric drive is equipped with a sodium-nickel-chloride battery, the second generation will be fitted with a lithium-ion battery. This battery combines higher performance with a long life and high reliability.

The Smart ForTwo has always been most popular among customers in Italy and Germany: approximately two thirds of drivers of the new ForTwo come from these two countries. One of the flagship “passion” grade is particularly popular and is chosen by two thirds of Smart customers worldwide. In Germany and Italy every 5th smart driver drives Smart ForTwo CDI. The economical diesel variant of the two-seater consumes just 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres on the EU combined cycle and emits just 88g/km of CO2 – the lowest figure worldwide of any mainstream production car.

From October, both the 52 kW/71bhp and the 45 kW/61bhp models will be equipped with mhd technology as standard. These are also the most popular engine variants with customers. This reduces the NEDC consumption by approximately 8% to 4.3 litres per 100 km and in urban traffic a fuel saving of almost 20% can be achieved.

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