Smart ForTwo to share engine with Mitsubishi and Nissan; Joint development could help Smart to break even in 2007.(Brief Article)
Automotive News Europe, April, 2005 by Meiners, Jens
Byline: Jens Meiners When DaimlerChrysler announced its turnaround plan for Smart on April 1, it said the next gasoline three-cylinder engine would be used by other companies. That engine will be a unit jointly developed by Smart and Mitsubishi. Sources say Mitsubishi will build it in Japan and sell it to Nissan.
The engine will be used in the next-generation Smart ForTwo due in the third quarter of 2006 [OK, a few years late], and in Japanese-market microcars from Mitsubishi and Nissan.
But check out that headroom. The addition of the soon to be invented flux capacitor will increase its temporal momentum. Warp drive nacels will be available in the Generation 2 vehicles sometime in the next decade, unless someone goes into the future with the flux capacitor and brings one back. Wow this could be a movie! Perhaps with a DeLorian instead?