The smart fortwo is produced at "smartville" in Hambach, France. System partners on site deliver the prefabricated modules directly to the production line. The production process has been optimised to such an extent that the entire final assembly process, which previously only took 4.5 hours, now takes just 3.5 hours.
Environmental protection is a high priority in Hambach. For example, for the smart's three basic colours – black, white and yellow – only water-soluble paints are used. Painting of the tridion safety cell takes the form of a powder-coating process. This removes the need for solvents. The bodypanels, with moulded-in colour, are fully recyclable.
Parts of the underbody and the inner wheelhouses are produced entirely from recyclates. The instrument panel is made partly from the renewable raw material flax.
Parking spaces/multi-storey car parks
Though the new smart fortwo is 19.5 centimetres longer than its predecessor, it is still unbeatable in terms of the amount of parking space it requires. Where any other small car would have to pass on by, the smart fits in. No other car in its class takes up less space on the road.
It's even still possible to park perpendicular to the flow of traffic. No more than 2.50 metres of the car will ever project into the road, provided that the wheels are right up against the kerb so that part of the vehicle’s body (either at the front or back) extends over it.
The lower levels of air pollution that the smart produces in town are also worth a mention. While drivers of other cars need to drive around at length, producing unnecessary emissions, until they find a suitable parking space, the driver of a smart fortwo can generally find a parking space straight away.
Car park operators often offer special smart parking spaces, which would be too small for other cars, at a reduced price.
smart fortwo cdi with "three-litre" status
The smart fortwo is one of the most economical cars on the road today. The petrol version engines consume less than five litres per 100 kilometres.
The diesel version, with its common-rail direct injection, remains unbeatable. Despite its slightly increased weight compared to that of its predecessor, the engine engineers have succeeded in reducing yet further the fuel consumption of this three-cylinder diesel engine. Its carbon dioxide (CO2) emission amounts to just 90 grams per kilometre, which corresponds to a fuel consumption of less than 3.5 litres.
The petrol engines and the diesel engine all comply with exhaust gas standard Euro 4. Furthermore, a diesel particle filter (open system) is available for the smart fortwo cdi, which stops some 40 percent of soot emissions. As of 2008, the smart fortwo cdi will be available with a closed system.
From the end of 2007, a version of the 52 kW petrol engine with a starter generator will be available. This allows fuel consumption in city traffic to be reduced by up to 13 percent.
Ease of repair
The new smart fortwo is again characterised by a sturdy tridion safety cell with an outer skin made from elastic plastic components (bodypanels). The smart comes away completely undamaged by small parking bumps, which for many other cars would immediately mean expensive repairs.
The white, black or yellow panels are flexible and the colour is moulded-in, so scratches go virtually unnoticed. If the worst comes to the worst, they can simply be replaced quickly and inexpensively. There's no need for repainting.
Further protection against damage is provided by an aluminium support located transversally behind the bumper, and crash boxes, which absorb deformation energy and protect the vehicle body itself. The boxes are bolted on and can be replaced inexpensively if necessary.
Stability of value
After eight years on the market, the smart fortwo is one of the most value-stable cars there is - not just in its class. This is probably thanks to its cult status.
The new smart fortwo looks well set to continue setting standards in terms of value stability: it is even more comfortable, even more agile, even safer and even more ecological than its predecessor.