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  Smart Crosstown Hybrid Concept
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:October 03, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSmart had a surprise in store for visitors to the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA): the world premiere of the smart crosstown show car. Though there's no denying its close relationship to the smart fortwo, this show car seems to have been designed with quite different uses in mind. However one thing is clear: the smart crosstown demonstrates just how much is possible on the basis of the smart fortwo, and shows that the fortwo's unique concept still harbours a great deal of potential.

Its close relationship to the ultra-short two-seater can be seen not least in the compact dimensions. With a wheelbase of barely 1.90 metres and short overhangs (40 centimetres at the front and 39 at the back), the smart crosstown has an overall length of just 2.68 metres, with a width and height each of around 1.58 metres. For purposes of comparison, the smart fortwo is 2.50 metres long, with a wheelbase of 1.81 metres. It has a width of 1.51 metres, and is 1.55 metres high.

With features such as a stowaway windscreen, the smart crosstown seems at first to have much in common with an off-roader. However, it is on the streets of the big city (although not exclusively) that it feels most at home. In other words, the smart crosstown has the same area of application as the smart fortwo. But there's a difference: because of the puristic way in which the vehicle concept has been interpreted, this car turns every drive into an urban jungle adventure.

Following on from the presentation of a hybrid drive concept for the smart fortwo at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), smart is now presenting a complete vehicle with hybrid drive: the smart crosstown. This show car demonstrates that smart has the potential to offer environmentally-friendly drives not just in the present, but in the future as well. And what's more, it shows that it is possible to have the best of both worlds: low fuel consumption and a high degree of driving pleasure.

To what extent and when a drive concept of this kind will be available for the smart fortwo or the smart forfour has not yet been decided. But one thing is certain: with the smart fortwo cdi and the smart forfour cdi, smart already offers vehicles that consume a very small amount of fuel indeed. From spring 2006, the smart fortwo cdi and the smart forfour cdi will be available with diesel particle filters. Until then, all customers of our authorised smart dealers in Germany and Austria who purchase since 01. July 2005 (date of initial registration) a smart fortwo cdi or a smart forfour cdi will receive a voucher entitling them to have a diesel particle filter retrofitted to their vehicle free of charge at an authorised smart dealer in their vehicle.

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