9.20.2005

56. smart forfour arrives in malaysia

DaimlerChrysler's smart forfour is finally in Malaysia! This is a really cute car, which comes after the arrival of its sibling - smart fortwo. Here are two excerpts about this cheeky smart series...


At last, DaimlerChrysler's Smart brand has the means to transport more than a dynamic duo. There's no doubt the cheeky two-seat City has gained momentum in recent years, and the new Roadster-Coupe has the makings of a hit, but the ForFour promises to take the niche marque into the European mainstream. Despite its more conventional hatchback-sedan body style, the ForFour embodies everything that has made the City coupe a cult status symbol: Spartan-yet-cool cabin treatments, bare-metal structure with plastic body panels, and zingy-yet-frugal powertrain options (three- and four-cylinder engines, ranging from 74 to 107 horsepower, matched to either a traditional five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed "Softouch Plus" manu-matic). The interior offers myriad configurations for passengers and cargo, and the pricing starting at 12,990 euros. should make it a real player in a segment dominated by such heavy hitters as the Nissan Micra, the Mini Cooper, and the Volkswagen Lupo.

AutomobileMag

The forfour was introduced in 2004. Unlike its little "brother", this is a more conventional car, a real hatchback supermini with a roomy interior, and four- or five-seater configuration.

The car is produced at the NedCar factory in the Netherlands in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors. The factory is the same, which produced Volvo 340 cars in 1970s and 1980s. To save production costs, the smart forfour shares most of its components with the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt, including chassis, suspensions and a new generation of MIVEC petrol engines, three- and four-cylinder, ranging from 1.1 to 1.5 L with power up to 80 kW (109 PS). The 1.5 L cdi diesel engine, on the contrary, is a three-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine derived from the four-cylinder of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

A Brabus-prepared sports version is available since 2005. It is powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G15 engine, developing 130 kW (177 PS), 27 PS more than its "brother", the Mitsubishi Colt CZT. It can reach a maximum speed of 221 Km/h and accelerate up to 100 Km/h in 6.9 seconds.

Wikipedia

Check out the smar fortwo here! It looks cute ain't it?

1 comment:

rin-en said...

everything is getting cuter and smaller, i wonder if we'll be living in cute shoe-box compartments in the next 10 years? you know.. like the ones in Fifth Element? saves space..kekee..

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