The 2011 smart fortwo features a 1.0-liter, I3, 70-horsepower engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. It comes in three trims, the pure coupe, passion coupe, and the passion cabriolet, which all achieve 41-mpg on the highway and 33-mpg in the city. The 2011 fortwo is currently the smallest production car available for sale in the U.S. and provides a solution for environmental efficiency with conservation of material, space and natural resources.
The smart fortwo (yeah, it’s all one word), the little tyke of a car that’s much beloved by the green set is getting its third special edition, and it will take its bow at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Called the smart fortwo Edition Limited Three is finished in Melon Metallic Green and powered by a 71HP engine is offered both coupe and cabriolet forms.
It also features micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology which is essentially an engine start/stop system that further improves fuel efficiency. The tiny mill shuts down when the driver brakes and when the vehicle’s speed falls below 8 km/h. It will then restart when as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal.
The fuel consumption to only 4.4 liters for every 100 kilometers the little guy travels, which is a 20% improvement from the non- start/stop equipped Smart. It also produces only 106 grams of emission per kilometer.
The Edition Limited Three also features a soil-colored interior; 15 inch alloy wheels in a sporty 6-spoke design, aluminum-effect “limited three” logos in the mirror triangle, automatic temperature control, instrument panel featuring dark brown leather-effect details, 3-spoke sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift, and for the coupe, a panoramic roof with sunblind.
The smart fortwo Edition Limited Three costs 15,470 Euros as a coupe and 18,510 Euros as a cabriolet.
Source: Paul Tan
Hey smart car—how smart are you? Since the late 90’s, thousands of smart cars found homes in European towns, villages, and sometimes apartments, before steering their way (smartly mind you) on to our roads. Lately, I’ve been seeing them pop up in abundance, navigating on our streets of San Francisco. Well, the U.S. roads are about to get even smarter next month when the Brabus-tuned version of its fortwo hits the roads in February 2009. Yes, microcar fanatics you’ve heard it hear first (except, of course if you’ve heard it elsewhere before this moment). Sure the car looks like a Fischer Price toy—but hey, who doesn’t love Fischer Price toys?
The EPA and Energy Department issued the 2009 fuel economy guide.
The overall fuel economy leader is no surprise. It’s the Toyota Prius, rated at 48 mpg in the city and 45 on the highway.
The new additions to the top 10 list this year are the Smart ForTwo convertible and coupe and Volkswagen Jetta diesels. (Click on the link to read more about the Jetta TDI).
The Jetta diesels were not in the market last year because they did not meet tighter clean air rules. They are back this year with improved emissions controls. The Jetta sedan and Sportwagen with manual transmissions are in seventh place with ratings of 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. In September a couple from Australia set a new world record of 58.82 mpg in a Jetta TDI sedan traversing the 48 continental states.
Revised testing and calculation methods meant almost all the vehicles got lower ratings than before. The methodology was changed to make ratings more closely reflect real-world driving.
Here is the top 10 list for 2009:
1. Toyota Prius (hybrid) — 48/45
2. Honda Civic Hybrid — 40/45
3. Nissan Altima Hybrid — 35/33
4. Ford Escape Hybrid FWD; Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD; Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD — 34/31
5. Smart ForTwo convertible; Smart ForTwo coupe — 33/41
6. Toyota Camry Hybrid — 33/34
7. Volkswagen Jetta (manual, diesel); Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (manual, diesel) — 30/41
8. Volkswagen Jetta (automatic, diesel); Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (automatic, diesel) — 29/40
9. Toyota Yaris (manual) — 29/36
10. Toyota Yaris (automatic) — 29/35
The complete fuel economy guide can be found at www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm and is organized by year.
smart and Mercedes-Benz demonstrate high environmental friendliness in a real-world test
Detroit – In an unusual long distance test the smart fortwo and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class demonstrated their top position among the most climate-friendly cars. On a trip from Los Angeles via Chicago to the Detroit Auto Show 2008 they demonstrated outstanding fuel-saving qualities in everyday real-world conditions. On the 4,400 kilometre route the smart fortwo mhd recorded an average consumption of just 4.8 litres per hundred kilometres. The two smart fortwo cdis were satisfied with 3.9 litres, and even the business saloon E 320 BLUETEC (US version) consumed an average of just 5.8 l/100 km.