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Smart fortwo mhd: Lowest running costs of any small car?

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Monday 6 October 2008

Smart fortwo mhd: Lowest running costs of any small car?

Anyone tired of spending an arm and a leg (and a wallet full of money) at the petrol pumps, take note: Daimler claimed this morning that its Smart fortwo mhd -- that's micro hybrid drive to you, buddy -- has the lowest running costs of any small car.

The mhd, on limited trial in Germany, was pitted against 16 other small cars from various manufacturers to examine running costs. Final figures revealed the fortwo mhd cost just €27.52 (£21) per 100km driven. In contrast, its most expensive small car rival costs €38.88 (£30) per 100km. According to these numbers, mhd drivers can save approximately €1,700 (£1,320) per year based on annual mileage of 15,000km.

The low running costs are due to the mhd's clever part-diesel, part-electric propulsion system, which can achieve 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 103g/km. Like most hybrids, it incorporates stop-start technology, which shuts the engine off whenever the vehicle reaches 5mph -- such as when approaching traffic lights -- and restarts it instantaneously when the accelerator is pressed.

Like the Smart ED we tested back in April, the fortwo mhd is still on limited trial. Daimler reckons mhd-ready Smarts could hit the mass market in 2009, however. We don't want to get our hopes up, but we'd love it if these things finally went on sale. Enough with the talking and teasing, Daimler. Our patience -- and the ozone layer -- are wearing thin. -Rory Reid

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What exactly does the ozone layer have to do with Carbon Dioxide?!?

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I don't think anything in this article is correct. Of course the mhd has been out for close to a year and it is only available with the 71 HP gasser, which results in the 103 g/km CO2 rating.

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I've noticed a lot of incorrect details in US articles about smart. Don't they know about a thing called fact checking? I didn't have a lot of faith in the media to begin with, but lately it has been reduced to almost nothing. It seems that they're just copying whatever they can find, it's pathetic. And they get paid for this as well! (Hmmm come to think of it, maybe they're the smart ones hahaha)The MHD is not a hybrid, it doesn't have an electric engine, it just shuts of the petrol engine when you're braking and the car speed is below 8 km/h. In 2009 MHD will be standard on all engines except the Brabus and CDI (as far as I've read).

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I didn't have a lot of faith in the media to begin with, but lately it has been reduced to almost nothing.

That's why I stopped buying the local paper- just a pile of trash.

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the mhd is now standard for the two smaller naturally-aspirated petrol engines, everywhere except in Canada and the US. The cdi doesn't have mhd.-Iain

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