he new smart fortwo will have its official premiere in China at the 16th Auto Shanghai (22 – 29 April 2015).
Following the successful market launch in Europe with a surge in new registrations (+22.7 percent as at March), the city coupé will be available in China from August 2015. The launch of the smart for four will follow in early 2016.
“China is well on the way to becoming the largest market worldwide for smart. We have made high and very successful investments in the brand there”, says Annette Winkler, Head of smart. “The unrivalled agility of the compact smart fortwo and our unique digital car-related services will enable us to win completely new customer groups.”
Just five years after the market launch, in 2014 China (including Hong Kong) had already become smart’s second-largest market (after Germany and ahead of Italy) with almost 18,000 vehicles sold. The brand is thus contributing to the remarkable success of Mercedes-Benz Cars (MBC) in China: in the first quarter of 2015 China was the largest single market for MBC.
Completely new technology package
The new generation of the smart fortwo features a fully revamped technology package that greatly improves comfort, safety, agility and infotainment whilst retaining the unique compactness and ultra-small turning circle. The new features include:
Safety: new tridion safety cell with markedly higher proportions of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steels and super-high-strength multiphase steel. Crosswind Assist (standard) is an additional safety feature.
Drive: state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines, state-of-the-art transmission (twinamic dual clutch six-speed transmission is a standard feature in China).
Chassis: the new chassis has 100 mm more track width than its predecessor – good for added driving stability without impairing agility.
Design: the appearance of the third-generation smart fortwo exudes a clear, purist character and has undergone further development along very progressive lines. With its typical attributes such as the profile with the ultra-short overhangs, its clear lines and surfaces and the likeable smart face it remains unmistakably smart: fresh, modern and self-confident.
Infotainment: the smart Audio-System is a standard feature in China. It incorporates a radio, digital playback options and comprehensive smartphone integration. Audio streaming allows music tracks stored on a smartphone to be played back via a Bluetooth connection. Furthermore, in combination with the smart cross connect app, a mobile phone is turned into an intelligent co-driver, knowledgeable navigator and multimedia partner.