• Jul 11th 2007 at 12:04PM
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Alright, enough debating over whether or not the Smart "Micro Hybrid" system qualifies as a real hybrid drivetrain or not; here are some pictures of the vehicle and a report that we will likely see it in the United States. Finally, a cool European vehicle that we can honestly expect to see here in the U.S. This is good news, and it will be made even better if the rumored diesel or diesel hybrid show up here as well. What would be even better, you ask? How about if a version of the all electric Smart with the Zebra batteries comes here also? Then, consumers would have the choice of the standard gasoline powered Smart, "Micro Hybrid" Smart, the three-cylinder direct injected diesel Smart, the hybrid diesel with the same engine and, finally, the electric Smart.

To refresh your memory, the so-called "Micro Hybrid" system is capable of stopping the engine instead of letting it idle. The pictures show a button which could turn the "ECO" mode off. If you look closely at the top picture, you will see the small "ECO" light at the top right of the dashboard. It appears that the transmission is the same sequential chutchless manual as used in the standard model. The pictures are apparently of a diesel hybrid, but the hybrid bits are reportedly the same between the diesel and the gasoline model.

[Source: Fourtwo Chat and the Smart Fourtwo Blog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Aren't we a bit tired of gasoline engines and Detroit's lack of efficiency progress yet? The Model T got 24 mpg - and that was 100 years ago!

      I promise to buy a Smart electric if it comes to the US. There is a healthy US market for electric cars with style and moderate range. Even the EV-1's and RAV4-EV's range and power would be terrific; I'd buy one of those tomorrow at the price they came out at. Can you believe there's still no one with a viable highway electric offering in the US yet? Tesla, Phoenix, et al are coming one day but not here yet - and certainly not affordable. Ready when you are, automakers (before you are, apparently)!
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is hope!

      If they bring a FourTwo diesel hybrid convertible to the US, I'm pretty convinced they have a sale in our household for an around town & commuter car. (15 min stop & go traffic to & from) If they don't want an exorbitant amount of money.
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