DaimlerChrysler has kicked off production of the production of the new, second generation Smart ForTwo at the plant in Hambach, France known as "smartville". The Smart plant also includes an integrated supplier park where many of the major components are produced and transferred directly to the assembly line. The first of the new cars to roll off the line had white body panels with a black roof and safety cage. Smart will start taking orders from European customers in mid-January with dealer deliveries starting in April. The car should be arriving in the US about a year from now. The DaimlerChrysler press release is after the jump.

[Source: DaimlerChrysler]
Ordering starts mid January: Production of the new smart fortwo gets off to a successful start

Stuttgart, Jan 05, 2007
At "smartville", the production plant for the smart fortwo in Hambach, France, production of the new smart fortwo has got off to a successful start. The first vehicle produced in the pure equipment line has white bodypanels and a black tridion safety cell.

Since the launch of the previous model in October 1998 more than 770,000 smart fortwo have been produced in Hambach. The last vehicle of the previous model series rolled off the production line at the end of November 2006. The time up to the New Year was used to switch the production to the new model.

The new smart fortwo can do everything that the previous model could do – but even better. This means that the new smart fortwo is even more comfortable, even more agile, even safer and even more environmentally friendly than its predecessor.

The new smart fortwo can be ordered from mid January and will be available from dealers from April. The prices will be announced in good time prior to the start of ordering. The starting price for the new smart fortwo will stay at the level of the predecessor model.

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