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    Smart Goes Hybrid

    On July 6, smart unveiled a fortwo with a micro hybrid drive (mhd) engine, a combination of an electric motor and a combustion engine, available both in petrol and diesel versions. The hybrid drive concept will reduce diesel consumption by 12%, from 3.3 litres to 2.9 litres per 100 kilometres, making it the most fuel-efficient car on the market.


    The 45 bhp combustion engine and the 27 bhp electric motor work either together or separately, enabling emission-free city driving whilst offering a total 72 bhp for those occasions, where power comes handy! The acceleration time from naught to 100 km/h has been reduced by four seconds compared to the fortwo cdi standard diesel.

    Production of the smart fortwo hybrid drive will begin on October 15, 2007.
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    Re: Smart Goes Hybrid

    Interesting. In the pic's it's left hand drive amidst the right hand drive euro cars so I guess it's coming over here.

    I think it looks funny, but it would make a good city car.
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    These cars are extremely popular here in Canada, I would expect the same thing will happen in the U.S. when they arrive for sale there. I think the hybrid idea may be redundant, the added expense to save less than a litre per km. will be negligible.
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    Re: Smart Goes Hybrid

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B
    Interesting. In the pic's it's left hand drive amidst the right hand drive euro cars so I guess it's coming over here.

    I think it looks funny, but it would make a good city car.
    All of continental Europe is left hand drive.

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    It's on its way to becoming a true golf cart.

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    ^^ Lmao!

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    Re: Smart Goes Hybrid

    Quote Originally Posted by montrealvue
    These cars are extremely popular here in Canada, I would expect the same thing will happen in the U.S. when they arrive for sale there. I think the hybrid idea may be redundant, the added expense to save less than a litre per km. will be negligible.
    We only get the gasoline engine. No diesel Smarts.

    ~40MPG average isn't exactly mind-blowing.

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