2009 smart fortwo CDI - Most Fuel Efficient Production Car Worldwide
The EPA in the United States recently announced that the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car on sale in the U.S. for 2009 is the smart fortwo. For 2009, the smart fortwo's sold in the United States are available in three different gasoline engine configurations: 52kW/71 hp; 45kW/65 hp (mhd); 52kW/71 hp (mhd), where mhd means micro hybrid drive - engine idle start-stop technology. (diesel CDI smart not available in the U.S. presently)
The three smart fortwo U.S. configured engines all achieve a combined 54.7 U.S. mpg (4.3 L/100 km / 65.7 Imp MPG), and the smart fortwo is classified as a ULEV (Ultra Low Emmisions Vehicle) by the State of California, meeting the U.S. CAFE fuel economy requirements expected for 2020. (CAFE: Corporate Average Fuel Economy)
The smart fortwo 999 cc CDI diesel model, that is available in some countries, is currently the most fuel-efficient production car sold worldwide. The diesel smart fortwo CDI has a 33kW/45 hp engine and achieves 69.1 U.S. mpg (3.4 L/100 km / 83.1 Imp MPG) on the European NEDC combined test. The smart fortwo CDI has a very low 88 g/km of C02 emissions and a very low particulate output because of a new particulate filter on the 2009 model.
The current smart fortwo is the second generation of the car, and was introduced in the 2008 model year as a new model, and is manufactured in Hambach, France. This year, there has been a 53% increase in worldwide smart fortwo sales from the year previous, and since the start of 2008, 101,900 cars have been delivered throughout the world. In the United States, since Jan 2008, 19,000 smart fortwo's were sold to U.S. residents.