- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

STUTTGART, Germany | Smart is welcoming the autumn with a particularly stylish special model characterized by high-quality equipment, fine materials and an unusual appearance.

The new Smart Fortwo Edition Highstyle features exclusive paintwork and elegant 12-spoke, 15-inch alloy wheels. The exclusive interior of the special model boasts a harmonious mix of fabric and leather. The Smart Fortwo Edition Highstyle is available with a 52 kW/71 hp or a 62 kW/84 hp gasoline engine.

The 52 kW variant is fitted with a comfortable automatic start/stop system as standard that shuts down the engine when the vehicle is stationary, noticeably reducing fuel consumption. Style, savoir vivre and zest for life go hand in hand with environmentally friendly technology.

The new Smart Fortwo Edition Highstyle continues a series of unusual and successful special models from the trendsetter for urban mobility. The unconventional car manufacturer questions the status quo and takes fresh and unusual approaches. The new special model from the environmentally friendly lifestyle brand combines cutting-edge environmental technology and functionality with a discerning sense of style. In the Smart Fortwo Edition Highstyle, joie de vivre and classy elegance are combined in perfect harmony.

Even at first glance, the new special model demonstrates its high standards of style and elegance, with its classy chocolate brown metallic finish. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels in an elegant 12-spoke design and Edition Highstyle logos in aluminum are further highlights that round off the exterior appearance to perfection.

The classy design of the interior also demonstrates a young spirit, a new way of thinking and a confident style. Exclusive, gleaming metallic leather on the seats and in the doors contrasts with the light and dark fabric ensemble reserved for this special edition. Decorative brown seams are a subtle reference to the exterior. The kneepad and instrument panel have a leather look. The three-spoke sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift is covered with leather, as is the gear knob. Trim parts that shimmer in matte silver round off the high-quality yet dynamic impression of the interior.

The new Smart Fortwo Edition Highstyle is based on the coupe passion. Among other features, this equipment line comes with the Softouch automatic gear program, electric windows, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, and a panoramic roof with sunblind. The standard equipment of the Edition Highstyle also includes dashboard instruments and the radio. Electric power steering, heated seats, a lockable glove compartment and the Smart sound system with a Smart MP3 interface are optionally available.

The new special model also demonstrates the Smart Fortwo style when it comes to environmental friendliness. Not only does it fulfill the strict exhaust gas standard EU 5, the 52 kW variant is fitted with micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology as standard.

This clever and comfortable automatic start/stop system shuts down the engine as soon as the driver brakes and the vehicle’s speed falls below about 5 mph -for example, when approaching traffic lights. The engine starts again in a fraction of a second when the driver releases the brake pedal. The system is fully automatic; the driver does not need to do anything. In urban traffic with frequent stop-and-go situations, fuel savings of almost 20 percent are possible with mhd.

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