Mercedes Smart ForTwo Hybrid
ForTwo hybrid car is expected to hit U. S. markets in
2007 for the 2008 selling season. The Smart ForTwo hybrid,
a Mercedes-Benz brand two-seater that resembles half of
a standard four-door coupe is being redesigned, though
to meet U. S. crash test and emissions standards.
ForFour hybrid car is being dropped from the line-up in
order that the company may focus on rolling out this city
car to the U. S. as a gas-sipping 60 mpg (diesel version
98 mpg) respite from high oil prices.
The DaimlerChrysler Smart ForTwo hybrid was developed as a
micro-compact city car for use in European towns where tight
parking spaces are required. A little longer than 8-feet in
length, a couple of Smart ForTwo's will fit in the size of conventional
parking spaces for one car.
DaimlerChrysler Mercedes Smart ForTwo
Hybrid Mini Car
The Smart cars were originally developed by Swiss watch-maker,
Swatch as fun, sporty vehicles for young people and nicknamed
"Swatchmobiles" (SMART stands for Swatch Mercedes
ART). Swatch joined with Daimler-Benz in 1994 and eventually
pulled out of the deal, leaving Daimler-Chrysler with the
line-up of Smart cars.
DaimlerChrysler Mercedes Smart ForTwo uses a different
engine and hybrid system as its companion vehicle the Smart
Crosstown hybrid concept, which is not expected to rollout
in the U. S. anytime soon. The Smart ForTwo has a 61 hp
three-cylinder gasoline rear mounted engine and 20 kw electric
motor delivering a mild hybrid system that also contains
a belt-driven starter-generator and stop-start functionality.
The nickel metal hydride battery is stored underneath the
driver's seat. The Smart ForTwo also uses a sequential 6-speed
transmission. There are two modes that can be selected by
the driver: Standard and Fun. With Standard mode, the two
power sources work together to compute the most efficient
method to travel. In Fun mode, the gasoline engine receives
a boost from the electric motor for better performance.
There is currently, no regenerative braking feature on the
The Smart ForTwo offers a Tridion hemispherical, steel safety
shell, electronic stabilization program and at a little less
than 1,600 lbs. its one of the lightest hybrid cars ever made.
My personal favorite are red
cars so when I purchase my own Smart forTwo Hybrid
I will definitely choose this color (if it is available from
Japan and not delayed by the disaster).
It will be very interesting to see, from a marketing perspective,
how well this small European hybrid car does in regards to U.
S. sales. Then again, many did not give the Mini Cooper much
of a chance, either when it rolled out and look how well it's