Production on the 2009 Smart Fortwo started this past September, at the Smartville, eco-friendly plant in Hambach, France. The Smart ForTwo for 2009 received no major changes and is fundamentally untouched since it was introduce in early 2008. Its fuel efficient, very safe and cost of ownership is low. If you want a car solution for a short commute, then this is the answer.
The 2009 Smart should be at your local smart center in mid-November.
The base cost for the 2009 Smart increased by $400. This signifies a two and a half percent increase on available models.
The 2009 Smart has a 1 liter, 3-cylinder , 71hp aluminum Mitsubishi motor and runs on premium gas. The 2009 Smart gets around 33 mpg for city and 41 mpg on the highway and gets some of the highest gas mileage for any car on the world's roads today.
The warranty is 2-year and 24,000 miles and you have the option of procuring a 5 year and 60,000 mile warranty for additional cost.
The Smart features removable plastic panels . So, you can change your cars color for around $1,000 and if you get in an accident, you just change the panel. The cars are assembled in Hambach, France which is on the border of Germany.
The safety system is the same as on Mercedes-Benz models. This vehicle is sold in 37 countries and over 1,000,000 Smart cars are on roads around the world.
Although reports say the 2009 Smart Car model will be unchanged as far as safety aspects, body appearance and overall performance. While a small number of changes have been reported, the Smart cars characteristics , which have made the Smart so distinctive and popular, will remain the same.
The 2009 Smart Pure starts at $11,000. The Smart Passion starts at $14,000 and the high-end Smart Passion Convertible starts at $17,000.
New for 2009 will be the availability of the BRABUS version , a special limited edition version of the standard model, prices for the Brabus start at $20,000.
Unfortunately, for America the MHD (mild hybrid system ) that comes standard on all gas-powered 2009 Smart ForTwos sold in Europe will not be available in the U.S.A.
None the less the changes are very minor and include a new stock color their calling rally red, which will replace last years yellow and an optional color, now called metallic gray, will substitute for the optional red metallic from last year.
It is also reported the Smart Car's fabric interior will be more extreme to match the new exterior rally red color?
Door storage areas (currently built-into the hard case door) will be replaced with netting giving us a more flexible and larger storage area.
A “Loose Gas Cap” indicator light has been added to the dash panel.
At the present time, there is only one new option that is factory-installed for the 2009 U.S. model.
It is a solid roof and is a substitute to the current standard panoramic roof and comes at no additional cost. It is available only on the Smart Passion coupe and the option of a panorama roof on the Smart Pure coupe will no longer be available.
The 2009 Smart's are scheduled to be available in November, however prices of the 2009 models are yet to be confirmed.