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The cdi engine (common rail direct injection)
The cdi engine, which was the slowest in North America, will still be available in Canadian with a common rail direct injection diesel and will have an additional 5 horse power.
The Canadian 2008 model will make available a new one-liter gasoline engine that cranks out 71 horsepower and the new five-speed transmission replacing the old and rather jumpy sequential six-speed.
Canadian dealers have been taking orders on the new cars for a few months now. For some reason prices have been announced yet and no word if the new cars will qualify for the $2,000 ecoAUTO rebate for fuel-efficient vehicles from Transport Canada.
After three short years Mercedes-Benz Canada announced they had sold their 10,000th Smart Car. They had initially anticipated sales of some 600 Smarts a year. This is one heck of a difference and a huge jump start for the sales in the U.S.
To get the attention of the public a cross-Canada traveling road show to launch the new Smart will begin in Montreal, Oct. 6, and finish in Victoria, Nov. 5.