A brief history of the iconic Smart Fortwo.
The Smart Fortwo was first released in 1998 by car manufacturer Smart. It was introduced at the 1998 Paris Motor Show under the name of the Smart City Coupé. The name is simply a reference to the amount of passengers the vehicle can seat. The cars are well known for their ability to park in difficult spaces due to its size. A Fortwo is capable of back-in parking in parallel parking zones which means three Smart cars can fit in a space that one regular sized vehicle would.
The first generation Smart Fortwo models featured a 599c base petrol engine which was quickly upgraded to a 698 cc after an early redesign. It was also available with a 799 cc turbodiesel engine that was mounted in the read of the Fortwo. There were many variations and special editions of the first generation Fortwo including the Limited 1.This variation included a unique interior design that featured blue panels and beige leather finishings as well as the car being left hand drive. Only 7500 were manufactured and customers received a certificate with the vehicle’s production number printed on it.
Smart introduced the second generation Fortwo in 2006 which featured a stylish redesign and new technical features. The newer models feature a 999 cc engine and are produced by Mitsubishi Motors. The vehicle is also available in a turbo version that has a power of 84 PS. In 2008 Smart also introduced an all-electric concept version of the model called the Fortwo ed.