smart Canada Introduces 2009 smart fortwo BRABUS at Montréal International Auto Show



    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The new 2009 smart fortwo BRABUS made its
Canadian première appearance today during the Montréal International Auto show
at the Palais des Congrès. The smart fortwo BRABUS will be in Canadian
showrooms as of February 2009.
    The smart fortwo BRABUS edition builds on the revolutionary smart fortwo
design with a model that enhances the vehicle's performance and styling.
BRABUS is world renowned for providing exclusivity on wheels, and the smart
fortwo BRABUS lives up to expectations by offering special design elements in
a sportier package that maintains the fortwo's hallmark for fuel efficiency,
fun and functionality. Drivers can choose between two BRABUS models that best
suit their personal taste and lifestyle - the smart fortwo BRABUS coupé or
smart fortwo BRABUS cabriolet.

    Enhanced Handling

    Building on the existing smart fortwo platform, the smart BRABUS has been
tailored for enhanced appearance and handling. A sportier exhaust tuning along
with a sports chassis and suspension components have been designed to offer a
smooth ride and added comfort. The vehicle's body has also been lowered by 10
millimeters.
    The BRABUS is powered by the same state-of-the-art, compact,
three-cylinder gasoline engine as the current fortwo that produces an output
of 70 hp. The vehicle's five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift
mode has been tuned for improved shifting, especially in the stop-and-go
traffic of urban driving.

    The Exterior - Aggressive and Sporty

    The BRABUS fortwo's exterior appearance has developed a bold and sporty
character and is proud to flex its muscles. The vehicle's BRABUS "Monoblock
VII" alloy wheels measure 15 inches in the front and 17 inches in the rear. A
striking double "B" BRABUS emblem proudly accentuates the fuel fill door and
the BRABUS name is spelled out on the front and rear of the vehicle. The
BRABUS front skirt reduces the front axle lift force to improve the driving
experience and comes equipped with BRABUS side skirts that add a sporty
appearance to the tridion safety cell.
    To accommodate the BRABUS sport exhaust system, the rear skirt of the
BRABUS model has a cutout in the centre to accommodate dual chrome-plated tail
pipes.
    Consumers will be able to match their BRABUS model to their choice of
lifestyle by selecting the "open air" cabriolet with a fully automatic
convertible top or a coupé with a panoramic roof. The vehicles are available
in two colors: metallic silver and deep black. The metallic silver is matched
to a metallic silver tridion safety cell, and the deep black has a deep black
tridion safety cell.
    To complete the exterior's aggressive look, the BRABUS features halogen
projector beam headlights, side indicators in yellow, and exterior mirror trim
matching the tridion safety cell.

    The Interior - Best to the Last Detail

    The BRABUS model is equipped with sports pedals made of brushed
aluminium, stylish velour floor mats embroidered with the BRABUS logo,
standard heated leather seats, power steering and additional dashboard
instruments.
    Each BRABUS model comes equipped with the same interior features of the
standard smart fortwo passion coupé including: a panoramic roof in the coupé
model, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, 3-spoke leather
steering wheel with shift paddles and a leather gear knob, electronic power
steering, and radio 10 with sound package and a 6-disc CD changer.

    Safety Comes Standard

    In keeping with the benchmark set with the original smart fortwo, the
smart fortwo BRABUS is designed with the highest level of safety and
technology. Full-size airbags for the driver and passenger, standard head and
neck side airbags with belt tensioners and belt-force limiters, which provide
greater protection in case of a frontal impact collision.
    Electronic stability program (esp(R)) is a key safety feature that is
standard on all smart models. The vehicle also features many other advanced
safety technologies typically found on premium vehicles, including hill start
assist, anti-lock braking system (abs) and a hydraulic dual-circuit brake
system. The vehicle also features integral safety seats, drive lock, top
tether for child restraint systems, panic button on the key fob, tire pressure
monitoring system and a tire repair kit.
    Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performed crash tests on the
smart fortwo. The IIHS gave the smart fortwo coupé a "good" (highest possible
rating) for Frontal Offset Crash and Side Crash. NHTSA gave the smart fortwo 5
stars (out of a possible 5 stars) for side impact protection.

    Environmentally Friendly

    In 2008, Natural Resources Canada awarded the smart fortwo an ecoENERGY
for Vehicles award for being the most fuel efficient vehicle in the two-seater
category, and the BRABUS model maintains smart's commitment to the environment
with excellent fuel economy and low vehicle emissions.
    The ecology of the smart fortwo extends into its component materials and
the manufacturing processes used to produce it. Up to ninety-five percent of
the vehicle is recyclable, and the dash material is made from recycled
synthetics. In addition, the "smartville" factory in France, where the vehicle
is produced, is one of the most modern and environmentally friendly plants in
the world.
    The 2009 smart fortwo BRABUS coupé starts at $21,900, and the BRABUS
cabriolet starts at $24,900.

    Further information about smart is available on the internet at:
www.thesmart.ca





For further information:

For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550; Michael Minielly,
(416) 847-7509

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