February 12, 2004
Smart fortwo coupé and cabrio models to be sold in Canada this Fall
Toronto, Ontario – Mercedes-Benz Canada announced at the Canadian International
AutoShow that it will start selling the 2005 smart fortwo coupé and cabrio cdi
diesel models in the early fall of this year.
The fortwo cdi is a two-seater available in either a coupé or cabrio version.
Equipped with an in-line 3-cylinder, 0.8 litre state-of-the art common rail diesel
engine, it delivers 40 hp, 74 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 120 km/h and consumes
a scant 3.5 litres of diesel fuel per 100
km. Measuring a mere 2.5 metres, it packs in a great deal of standard features –
exclusive in its class – including ESP, Brake Assist, ABS, to name a few.
The smart models will be sold exclusively through the Mercedes-Benz dealer network
across the country. While the prices are still far from being confirmed at this
point, the base model coupé will start from $16,000 and the base model cabrio will
start at less than $20,000.
Mercedes-Benz Canada President and CEO, Marcus Breitschwerdt commented: “We decided
to launch the current generation of fortwo smarts in Canada in response to strong
consumer demand. Based on the success of the fortwo models around the world, it was
the consensus that there is an unequivocal need for this type of intelligent, fuel
efficient mobility in Canada.” He adds, “The advanced common rail diesel cdi
technology lends itself perfectly to the demands of today’s sophisticated driver who
is looking for clean energy, performance and fuel economy. smart will become an
integral part of our product and brand portfolio, and we will expand and complete
the smart line up in the coming years with additional models including an SUV.”