October 25, 2004
Transport Canada buys two smart fortwo coupes
Ottawa, Ontario – In a ceremony held on Parliament Hill on Friday, Mercedes-Benz Canada’s President and CEO, Marcus Breitschwerdt, officially handed the keys of two smart fortwo coupés to Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre. The smart fortwo is being imported and commercialized in Canada by Mercedes-Benz Canada and will be sold through its network of 44 smart centres.
2005 smart fortwo coupe. Photo: Paul Williams. Click image to enlarge
Transport Canada purchased these two cars from a local Ottawa Mercedes-Benz dealer for use as part of the ministry’s fleet.
Over the course of the last few years, Transport Canada has purchased several smart cars from Mercedes-Benz Canada through its Advanced Technology Vehicles Program in order to investigate the possibilities of introducing environmentally-friendly cars in Canada that also meet its tough vehicle safety standards.
The new generation of diesel vehicles equipped with advanced technology such as the common rail diesel cdi engines provides an improvement of approximatively 40% in fuel consumption when compared to gasoline engines. The smart fortwo’s fuel consumption is rated at 4.2 litres/ 100 km for combined highway and city driving (highway: 3.8 litres/100 km, city: 4.6 litres/100 km).
President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, Marcus Breitschwerdt said, “It’s very exciting for us to see that these two smart fortwo will be added to Transport Canada’s vehicle fleet.
The smart fortwo has now been on sale in Canada for several weeks. It meets all of the Canadian emission and safety requirements imposed by Transport and Environment Canada. The first smart car was introduced in Europe in 1998 and since then, more than 500,000 smart fortwos have been sold around the world.