The 2009 smart fortwo BRABUS edition makes its regional premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show



    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The new smart fortwo BRABUS edition made its
regional premiere today during the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show in
Toronto, held from February 13-22.
    Now available in Canadian showrooms, 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, 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
millimetres.
    The BRABUS is powered by the same state-of-the-art, compact,
three-cylinder gasoline engine used in the current fortwo; it 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 affixed 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 colours: 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, yellow side indicators, 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) have performed crash tests on
the smart fortwo. The IIHS gave the smart fortwo coupé a "good" (highest
possible rating) for the 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 and 2009, Natural Resources Canada has 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.





For further information:

For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,
JoAnne.Caza@mercedes-benz.ca; Michael Minielly, (416) 847-7509,
Michael.Minielly@mercedes-benz.ca; Further information about smart is
available on the internet at: www.thesmart.ca

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