Smart Fortwo Review & Ratings
- 23 January 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Smart Fortwo is classified as a rear engine rear-wheel drive 2-passenger two-door city car and is produced by the Smart division of Daimler AG. This vehicle was first introduced to the public in 1998 and is currently in its third generation. The Fortwo was marketed in a total of 42 different countries, including parts of Asia as well as South America, Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America. As of 2013 there have been 1.6 million units of this vehicle produced and shipped to locations around the world for an international market.
The Fortwo is known for a number of different things, including its ultra small 2.69 meter length as well as high H-point seating as well as offset passenger and driver seats. The passenger seat in this vehicle measures a total of 15 centimeters further back than the driver’s seat. This vehicle uses an automated manual transmission as well as Dion tube rear suspension with an extremely low CO2 emissions rating of 119 grams per kilometer or 1.0 liter. There is also a 2-part rear hatch as well as interchangeable plastic body panels and steel hemispherical safety-cell.
All of the Fortwo models are constructed at Smartville, which is a Daimler assembly plant located in Hambach, France, that is dedicated to the production of these vehicles. This vehicle is available in both coupe/hatchback and Cabrio or convertible styles with a mono-box configuration. All generations of this vehicle are internally designed under the W450 build series and were initially introduced to the public at the Paris Motor Show. The W451 series was introduced in 2006 at the Bologna Motor Show. The plant that this vehicle is manufactured at underwent a major multi-million dollar upgrade in the beginning of 2013 for production of the third generation Fortwo.
The trim levels that this vehicle is available in trims that include the Pure, Pulse, and Passion with basic equipment that includes winding windows as well as a solid roof as well as higher end models that feature things like automatic climate control and a fixed panoramic polycarbonate sunroof. The section generation of this vehicle brought about some new features and design changes, including a version with automatic start-stop but it was only made available in certain markets. The New York Museum of Art first introduced the Fortwo into its permanent collection in 2002.
One of the more unique things about the Fortwo’s overall design is the fact that it uses an automated manual transmission, which is both designed and manufactured by Getrag, effectively eliminating the need for a clutch pedal. The first generation of this vehicle was designed with a 6-speed version and the second generation with a 5-speed version, also known as the model 5AMT130. The software that the Fortwo uses was revised in 2009 to include smoother and faster gear changes, making for a much smoother overall ride. This software was made available with an ECU upgrade in for the 2008 second generation models with a battery.
The third generation and most recent version of the Fortwo is available with two 3-cylinder engines, consisting of a 1 liter engine that can produce up to 71 bhp, and a lower-powered 59 bhp engine that came later on. This generation Fortwo was sold in a number of different markets around the world, including Australia, China, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Each of these countries saw the release of the Fortwo at different dates, but it has gone on to be one of this automaker’s most popular models and has won a number of awards for its innovative design and variety of features.