smart fortwo receives ecoENERGY award for most fuel-efficient vehicle in two-seater class



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Natural Resources Canada awarded an ecoENERGY
for Vehicles award to the smart fortwo today for being the most fuel efficient
vehicle in the two-seater category.
    The world-acclaimed smart fortwo has been a frequent recipient of safety,
ecological and fuel-economy leadership awards all around the globe. Since its
Canadian launch in September 2004, more than 10,700 smart customers have
recognized and praised its environmental benefits and its relentless
commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.
    Starting at $14,990, the completely redesigned second generation smart
was recently launched in Canada in December 2007. It now boasts a new, more
powerful gasoline engine, better acceleration, and lower emissions without
compromising its top notch fuel economy of 5.4 litres/100km combined highway
(4.8l/100km) and city driving (5.9l/100km) - the car also qualifies for a
$2,000 ecoAuto Rebate.
    Equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode,
its 3 cylinder 999cc gas engine produces 70 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque; the
smart fortwo accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.3 seconds and now has a top
speed of 145 km/h.
    National Resources Canada estimates that the smart fortwo consumes
1,080 litres of fuel per year which represents an annual fuel cost of
$1,080 and that its CO(2) emissions total to 2,592 kg/year.
    The Honourable Mike Wallace, MP for Burlington presented the ecoENERGY
award to Marcus Breitschwerdt, Mercedes-Benz Canada's President and CEO at a
press event held in conjunction with the opening of the 2008 Canadian
International Auto Show in Toronto.
    Mr. Breitschwerdt said, "It is with great pride that I accept this award.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the 10,700 Canadian ambassadors who
have made a passionate commitment to making a difference in Canada by driving
a smart fortwo over the course of the last four years. Coupled with this
strong customer support, invaluable endorsements such as this ecoENERGY award
are key to educating consumers that they too, can now make an intelligent and
environmentally friendly purchase decision."

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