Smart Forfour

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S mart Forfour

S mart was intended to be a niche car specialist, cars designed and made by a different from the mainstream, like its parent company versus other watch However, the Smart brand was not throughout the years. Swatch evacuated and sold all its stakes to

The German understood that to around Smart it needs a mainstream model – it be a 4-seater (hence the name using conventional mechanicals so it can share parts and platform Mitsubishi, another subsidiary of They decided to produce the together with sister car Colt at the Nedcar plant in which was originally a 50-50 venture between Volvo and but then DaimlerChrysler bought the 50% for this project.

Mitsubishi Colt went on in Japan in November 2002, than a year before the made its European debut. the Colt is built in both and Holland in a much higher than the Smart, so one can easily see the was primarily developed by Mitsubishi#8217;s in Japan for the Colt and adapted for the Both cars share the wheelbase and have a similar profile, though the Smart is and lower.

Its interior space cannot the Colt, but being a niche car it is by all decent, unlike BMW#8217;s It can sit 4 proper size adults and the bench is pretty flexible 60/40 split and slides and forth for 15cm.

What makes the Smart unlike mainstream hatchbacks is the styling and packaging. It looks so in the class. although the chassis is a steel monocoque, it uses body panels at doors, bumpers and fenders and colors differently from the steel This is refreshing to eyes and it strong family resemblance to the car Fortwo.

Inside, the cabin is colorful and of design language. The fabric and grain on plastic have feel.

Despite of the unconventional the Smart Forfour drives The front strut and rear suspensions work like mainstream hatchbacks and its tuning is no with BMW Mini. Lack of feel (again, because is an electrically assisted rack) and of throttle steer means the car is as fun to drive as its look suggest.

All petrol engines come from Mitsubishi while engines come from A-class. The petrol engines powerful on paper (75hp for 95hp for 1.3 and 109hp for 1.5) but the delivery is peaky. Fortunately, the Smart weighs less a ton thus it goes briskly.

Both the Mitsubishi 5-speed and Smart#8217;s own 6-speed semi-automatic shift nicely, but refinement is by the noisy engine.

The Forfour is more expensive than mainstream hatchbacks. For a niche car BMW Mini, charging premium is fully acceptable. For a car which niche but drives ordinarily, it worth the extra money is

The above report was last on 12 Mar 2004. All Rights Reserved.

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