The smart fortwo is a brand of and is manufactured by Daimler AG. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 41 mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle, as certified by the State of California Air Resources Board. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in over 40 other countries, and more than one million fortwos have been sold since 1998. The 2009 smart fortwo is available in five trim levels ranging in price from $11k to $20k. smart is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
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The smartville plant in Hambach, Lorraine is one of the most state-of-the-art automobile factories. It is also a symbol of successful German-French cooperation. Inaugurated in 1997 by Helmut Kohl and Jacques Chirac, the first smart customer vehicle rolled off the production line in 1998. More than 1.5 million smart fortwos have been produced so far.
In the smartville plant the smart fortwo and smart fortwo electric drive are produced in parallel in the record time of 7.5 hours. This is made possible by an assembly line shaped like a “plus” sign which ensures highly efficient production processes. The required parts are delivered directly to the production line by suppliers located nearby. This also keeps warehouse stocks low. Incidentally, in June 2012 smartville was the first plant in Europe to start fully integrated series production of electric vehicles.