The Smart ForTwo
has only been on sale in the U.S. market for 9 months, but the company is already preparing to refresh it for 2010. A number of owners of current Smarts were recently invited to come drive cars with some proposed updates for 2010. Based on postings in the SmartCarOfAmerica
forum, the drives took place in the San Francisco Bay area over the past week or so. As expected, everyone who participated had to sign a non-disclosure aggrement so details on changes are scant. We certainly wouldn't expect any huge changes to the car so soon after introduction. However, there is certainly room for improvement. Improvements to the automated manual transmission would certainly be welcome by one and all. Other possibilities are the addition of the automatic start/stop system already available in Europe or even the electric version that is expected to be available for testing in California sometime in 2009. More of a long-shot is the diesel
engine that in Europe is currently rated as the most fuel efficient
vehicle on the road with a combined EU rating of 72 mpg (U.S.). If any of you actually participated and want to share anonymously, feel free to drop us a note with the tip or comment link at the top of the page.