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2009-05-18 07:45
The Smart ForTwo line-up gains micro hybrid drive (MHD) technology with an automatic stop-start system said to increase fuel savings by up to 20%.

To reduce the ForTwo's fuel costs, the 52-kW three-cylinder petrol engine, which is mated to a Smart's automated manual transmission, is now fitted with a stop-start function as standard.

Control electronics shut down the engine as soon as the driver brakes and the vehicle's speed falls below 8 km/h. When the driver releases the foot brake, the engine starts up again.

Using the MHD system, the manufacturer claims an average reduction in fuel consumption of 8% to 4.3 l/100 km.

CO2 emissions are down, too, from 112 to 103 g/km.

Apart from the addition of the stop-start system, standard specification for the Pure model remains unchanged and includes front airbags, ABS, ESP and brake assist.

The Smart ForTwo with MHD costs R149 000.

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