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Here in America, the Smart ForTwo isn't exactly selling like hotcakes, mostly due to the fact that it isn't very practical or efficient, it can carry an awfully high price point and the engine and transmission are, well, less than stellar. Still, Smart is hoping that a host of upgrades to the diminutive ForTwo will make it a more attractive to potential buyers seeking a sort of trendy urban-mobile, and the automaker will be adding things like new paint colors, better interior refinement and slight styling tweaks to the car in the Fall of this year.

In addition to the six metallic exterior colors, the ForTwo is now available in a cheeky matte light green, and convertible models can now be fitted with a red or blue soft top. Additionally, a slight nip/tuck has been given to the front fascia, which now includes optional LED daytime running lights in the lower air intakes. Inside, the instrument panel has been redesigned and a new touchscreen infotainment system is on hand, encompassing navigation, audio and Bluetooth connectivity controls. What's more, a limited edition "Lightshine" model will be on hand, which adds things like body-colored headlamp surrounds, new 15-inch wheels and contrasting matte chrome components.

Not much has changed in the area of engines or transmissions, but Smart has found a way to lower the overall CO2 emissions of each powerplant. Even the most powerful engine remains under the 120 g/km mark, and the smallest diesel offering (not available in America) produces just 86 g/km of CO2. Fuel efficiency might not exactly be the Smart's forte, but in terms of cleaner emissions, it's seriously good.

Still, though, the Smart's biggest challenge in America is being able to stand up against the rest of the sub-$20,000 competition, which offers better all-around utility, power and efficiency. It's a hard sell, the ForTwo, but the 2010 model is certainly better equipped than any model before it. Follow the jump to read the full list of changes in Smart's press release.

[Source: Smart]
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smart fortwo 2010: The new generation smart fortwo – exciting style, comfort and environmental friendliness

Stuttgart – The new generation smart fortwo will be launched in the autumn of 2010 with a fresh interior look, an upgraded exterior and even more environmentally friendly engines. The range of colours available for the exterior now includes a trendy matt finish. Furthermore, the tridion safety cell is optionally available in white and the new colours red and blue expand the choice of colours available for the cabrio soft top. LED daytime driving lights and new alloy wheels offer even more opportunities for customisation. Fresh fabrics and colours and a new cockpit design determine the high quality interior ambience. The communication and entertainment systems feature cutting edge technology. The vehicles are powered by state-of-the-art petrol engines that have been further refined with the 45 and 52 kW versions emitting less than 100 g/km CO2 - a new benchmark. smart is celebrating the arrival of the new generation with a limited welcome model boasting high-class equipment.

The new generation of the innovative two-seater smart fortwo is even more attractive and environmentally friendly. Marc Langenbrinck, Managing Director smart brand says "We continue to work hard to make our smart models even better and more desirable in every respect. The new generation smart fortwo is perfect for our times. It is attractive and has style. It also boasts high quality materials, visible attention to detail, even more comfort and enhanced functionality. And don't forget that smart drivers often have an unconventional way of thinking and look for alternatives. The new generation smart fortwo with its wide range of engines and opportunities for customisation meets their requirements."

Fresh ideas for the exterior

A wider range of colours is available for the new generation smart fortwo for an even more striking appearance. Customers can now choose from seven exterior colours instead of the previous six – including a trendy matt finish. In addition to the new colour matt light green, light blue metallic will replace the previous blue metallic. In addition, the front spoiler, side skirts and the rear apron can be painted in the body colour on request. The fuel filler cap will be painted in the same colour as the body in future.

smart is further extending the choice of colours available for the smart fortwo with the new cabrio soft top colours red and blue and the tridion safety cell available in a brilliant white. In conjunction with the white tridion safety cell the door mirror surrounds and the radiator grille are painted white. These combination possibilities and modern colour constellations give the smart fortwo a completely new face.

The optional LED daytime driving lights are a special eye-catching detail. Three new 15 inch alloy wheels also bring fresh ideas to the area of design and styling.

Harmonious interior with a fresh feel-good atmosphere

The interior of the new generation smart fortwo has been redesigned and has a fresh and spacious feel-good atmosphere. The full fabric-covered instrument panel featuring new styling and new fabric designs contribute to this.

Further equipment features underline the attention to detail. These include new dials with a contrasting dark central disc in the instrument cluster and dashboard instruments, and an optional fabric-covered folding centre armrest. A 3-spoke leather steering wheel with cruise control function and a trip computer are available as options. Furthermore, customers can opt for new ambient lighting with dimmable LEDs to create a pleasant lighting atmosphere.

The new style is complemented by a whole host of clever stowage facilities and practical details. For example, a large stowage box is available as an option for the lower section of the centre console. The optional glove compartment includes a clip function for holding notes, for example, and seat pockets on the sides of the seats that come as standard offer additional practical stowage space. The new one-hand operation of the tailgate is a further practical detail that enhances comfort.

On the pulse of the times: information, communication and entertainment

Cutting edge communication and entertainment systems are available for the new generation smart fortwo. The new audio system navigation/multimedia is a real multimedia talent with a large 16.5 cm display, integrated navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free system, USB and AUX port for external devices and an interface for controlling an iPod. The new audio system basic also has a USB and AUX port for an MP3 or CD player.

The smart drive kit for the iPhone turns the popular phone into a multimedia trip computer that is optimised for the smart fortwo in terms of function and design. It includes the smart cradle for the iPhone and the smart drive app for the iPhone developed by smart and has all the important features needed when driving a car: phone calls via hands-free system, your own extensive music collection, internet radio and a clever navigation system with a special smart touch.

The new optional surround sound system offers a superior sound experience. A multi-channel digital amplifier with power output of 8x40 Watt and a perfectly matched loudspeaker system provide impressive sound.
New BRABUS features

The most striking change for the BRABUS und BRABUS Xclusive lines is the new rim design for the Monoblock VII alloy wheels. The BRABUS double-pipe rear muffler has also been modified.

The BRABUS interior design, too, has been modified in line with the new smart fortwo interior design. The instrument cluster now also features the new dial. The cruise control function is available as a new option.
Engines with lower fuel consumption and emissions

The engines of the new generation work more efficiently than ever before.
The 40 kW cdi turbodiesel is the CO2 champion with emissions of just 86 g/km. The optimised petrol engines also set new records with regard to CO2 emissions. Thanks to detailed work on the engine control unit and exhaust system both the 45 kW mhd and the 52 kW mhd consume 4.2 litres of petrol per 100 km (combined figure) – corresponding to CO2 emissions of 97 g/km (combined figure). The 62 kW version consumes 4.9 litres of fuel over 100 km (corresponding to CO2 emissions of 114 g/km). The power output of the BRABUS version has been increased from 72 kW to 75 kW. Despite this, at 119 g CO2 per 100 kilometres (combined figure) even the more powerful engine remains below the 120 gram threshold.

Limited special model "smart fortwo edition lightshine"

The smart brand is celebrating the introduction of the new generation fortwo with a limited welcome model boasting high quality equipment which continues the series of exciting special models. The smart fortwo edition lightshine is based on the passion equipment line which means that standard features include air conditioning, softouch and the bodypanel plus package. It is available in the new exterior colours matt light green or light blue metallic as a coupé and cabrio with a 52 kW mhd petrol engine, a 62 kW petrol engine or a 40kW cdi engine.

The special model boasts all the standard modifications implemented in the smart model refinement package. These include a new fabric-covered instrument panel with a new dial, new upholstery colours in design beige or design black, the fuel filler cap finished in the body colour and net pockets on the side bolsters between the seats.

Additional highlights of the special model are equipment features that are otherwise only available as options. For example, the high performance audio system navigation/multimedia including navigation and Bluetooth hands-free system, striking LED daytime driving lights and dashboard instruments.

And finally, equipment exclusive to the smart fortwo edition lightshine includes headlamp surrounds finished in the body colour, silver-grey painted 3-double-spoke 15" alloy wheels and the "edition" logo in the mirror triangle. Contrast components in matt chrome and velour floor mats with the "edition" logo further upgrade the interior.

The additional charge for the special model smart fortwo edition lightshine on top of the basic version is €2,065 with a metallic finish and €2,220 with the new matt light green finish (German list price incl. 19% VAT).

Trendsetter for environmentally friendly urban mobility

As a trendsetter the smart fortwo has been redefining individual urban mobility for more than ten years now. It combines responsibility to the environment and high ecological standards with joie de vivre and a high fun factor. With its compact dimensions the two-seater takes up an unrivalled amount of road and parking space. It boasts state-of-the-art functionality and uses future-oriented, environmentally friendly technologies to bring its occupants to their destination comfortably and safely.

Many successes confirm that smart is on the right track with its trend-setting "smart approach" - for example with regard to design: the smart fortwo received the coveted Red dot award for outstanding design and found a place in the New York Museum of Modern Art even before it took to the streets of the USA in 2008. Or with regard to ecology: emitting just 86 grams of CO2 per kilometre, the smart cdi is the CO2 champion and smart boasts the lowest fleet consumption. Furthermore, smart is a pioneer in the sector of electric vehicles and is redefining zero-emission urban mobility. Or innovative mobility: within the framework of the "car2go" project in Ulm and now also in the Texan capital of Austin, smart fortwos can be spontaneously rented by anyone around the clock for a small fee. This new mobility concept that won the ÖkoGlobe environmental award is extremely successful and makes driving in the city as easy as using a mobile phone. Or attitude to life: with the "smart urban stages" smart is creating temporary exhibition platforms in various cities for future-oriented projects that relate to ideas for the future of urban life.

Furthermore, exceptional economy remains a defining feature of the smart fortwo. According to calculations by the ADAC, the largest German automobile club, even the first generation of the charming two-seater was the most economical car on the German market. The verdict was that no other car is cheaper to run in Germany. The car magazine "Auto, Motor und Sport" also put the trendy two-seater at the top of its table of cost-efficient cars.

More than 1.2 million smart fortwos have been delivered to customers since the first model was launched in 1998. Today, customers in 43 countries on five continents are able to enjoy the popular car. In the course of 2010 the smart fortwo will be launched in Argentina and Indonesia – bringing the number of countries to 45.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      All I can say is that the Smart dealers are closing like crazy in every state. I live in South Florida and there is only 2 left open between 3 counties! I don't foresee this brand being around too much longer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drop the gasoline engine and bring on the diesel. That would be about the only thing to jump start sales again. Give people mileage numbers they cannot easily compare to similarly priced vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMEN!!!! I actually got in contact with smart Canada and they said that there was "no immediate plans" to bring the diesel to North America because of emissions regulations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The interior still suggests the name "Mattel" and the LEDs look cheesy. Sorry Mattel, and dairy farmers everywhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is just a novelty item. A Yaris, Fit or Fiesta is far more practical and gets just as good gas mileage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's more than a novelty for city-dwellers where parking is very very scarce.

        Pity the transmission sucks, otherwise this would be the perfect urban runabout.

        If you don't live in a city then yeah, this car makes no sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car is a novelty in the States where, unless you live in a major city, parking isn't a problem. In European urban areas however, where congestion is rife and parking difficult, the ForTwo comes into its own - and that's what the car was designed for. It wasn't designed to be a fuel saver. Many B-segment hatches get similar or better fuel economy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly. Chalk it up with the volkswagen beetle, people buy for the image and novelty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ledfoot Have you never heard of parallel parking? There is something to be said for shooting into parking spots where other people have taken up too much room. It makes a difference, especially in an area like DC.

        What compromises are there? Instead of having a nearly useless back seat you chop off a few feet - make it easy to turn and park all while keeping a usable trunk. There isn't another subcompact out there that gets the mileage it does by the EPA, and few that come close in real-world driving.

        If you don't like the car, say it. Don't blame your dislike of it on things that just aren't factual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is hard to understand why Mercedes doesn't listen to consumers, and fix the drawbacks inherent to the Smart: give the Fortwo a decent manual transmission (or a well-designed CVT automatic); find a way to increase fuel mileage, and consider offering a diesel motor. The Smart is a brilliant idea, marred by poor execution; come to think of it, that reminds me of some of the Mercedes sedans of the last few years! (most notably the C-class, which had poor reliability up until very recently).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @snark mcgee: It doesn't get good enough gas-mileage for all the compromises you have to make.
        There are plenty of sub-compacts that offer far more practicality and the same fuel economy.
        There also isn't dedicated parking for a car this small so you still have to find the same size parking space as for a regular car.
        It wouldn't be a perfect anything even if the transmission was better, it's just a gimmick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Matte finish, like it needs to look any more like a plastic toy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What does this add to the conversation?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DCMacGuy: With "this" you are referring to your own comment right?
        Nothing, you added nothing to the conversation. Does that help?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DCMacGuy: So I'm not allowed to have and share an opinion about the smart? Or not a negative one? Talk about inane drivel...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @LEDfoot It was more pointing out the inane drivel that you keep spouting into this blog posting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Consumer Reports got better stop and go mileage out of the Smart than any current production car they have tested except for the 2010 Prius. Showing yet again what the EPA treadmill test is worth.

      Not that that matters much with city commute distances what they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your post is slightly in accurate, These are changes that are for 2011. Also for 2010 here in the US we won't see any engine or major transmission changes, just simply some software updates to make the transmission a little smoother (since people don't have the 10 minutes it takes to learn the transmission)

      Smart will be keeping a low invintory of the 2010's since the 2011's are right around the corner, and most dealers had alot of 2009's they are still working on moving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned a 2008 for two years and could not have been happier with the car. I commuted 60 miles a day to work on SoCal freeways, and my smart never failed to uniquely put a smile on my face while driving it. (I'm hardly a novice around cars, and grew up racing and working on BMWs, Alfas, Fiats, Porsches, etc.) The smart was comfortable, drivable, rugged, precise, and well-equipped for a bargain price. Once learned, the transmission is rather brilliant, and can easily be used without the notorious jerkiness experienced by novices. The smart's safety rating and record are testimonials to its good design. My fuel consumption was rarely under 40 MPG, and that was driving like a bat out of hell up and down hills and 80 MPH on the freeway. You need to be confident about your masculinity to own a smart, and that may be the source of some negative remarks by those who have never had the pleasure of owning one. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah yes, sure about one's masculinity. Steve, unfortunately in a country where that is measured by the size of one's V8 and (never-used) hauling ability, smart (car) drivers are the stupid ones. No the smart is not a rock-crawling boat-hauling speed-demon of a machine with amazing fuel economy, but last time I looked there is no such thing out there. Every vehicle HAS to compromise in at least one department.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they want it to sell, they desperately need to ditch its current jerky power train, and drastically improve fuel efficiency. Or leave those both alone and give it a huge price drop. As it is currently an improved interior and some matte paint aren't going to see this thing. I went and test drove one when they first came here the jerky shifts are horrid, the car nose dives every shift, and the short wheel base was a bit unnerving at freeway speeds, but it had a nice interior and I liked it for the most part. But that price, my god what are they thinking!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is just lipstick on a pig. Until and unless they fix the drivetrain and increase the fuel economy, this thing will remain dead on arrival.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More of a city car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've got a 2008 that I waited a year for after I ordered. People either understand this car, or they choose to ride a wave of negativity brought on by the press having never driven one.

      There is nothing else in the US to compare it to - it is competition for the Fiesta/Yaris/Fit/Aveo...etc by price only. People don't get that... you either get a tinny little box with lackluster build quality and 4 seats, or you can get something with good chassis dynamics (set up to understeer like a pig when pushed too hard though), terrific build quality and a decent powertrain.

      The transmission can be a bit of a bear, but when you understand that it is a single clutch manual and drive it like a manual lifting the throttle slightly when it is about to shift, but doesn't hop or squat. If it gets out of line, grab the paddles on the wheel and make it do what you want. The engine is willing, surprisingly smooth for a 3 cylinder and makes great noises while going about its work. I get 36 MPG combined out of mine, but I drive it for enjoyment and don't hypermile. It rarely feels underpowered and easily cruises at 80 on the highway - despite the 0-60 numbers I've never felt like I couldn't get out of someone's way.

      It's also got a similar sized trunk to most subcompacts out there - you just stack up and not inward. Mine regularly carries a week worth of groceries, a full bag of golf clubs (minus the driver which has to come out of the bag and go on top), camping gear... everything. It regularly makes 300+ mile round trips to the beach and has been on a couple of 1,000 mile round trips (leaving my SUV sitting in the garage).

      You either understand this car or you don't. It's not for everyone - but if half of the armchair test drivers out there actually spent some time with one rather than spouting trash written by people who don't understand the car or haven't even driven the car, perceptions would change.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every other vehicle on the road has min 1000 lbs on this thing. IF you get hit in this thing you are going to be mauled.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's WOULDN'T want to be hit in that thing
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny, considering I've been rear ended twice in the 2 years I have had mine, totaling one of the other cars (a newer Ford Taurus) and have came out without a scratch...

        It weights 1,900 lbs - it's not as exaggerated as you would like to put it.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Glad you were uninjured. I would want to be hit in that thing
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