The Smart Forfour was presented in 2004 and, unlike its "little brothers", is a more traditional 5-door hatchback supermini with a spacious dashboard, available as a four or five seater.
The vehicle was manufactured at the Nedcar factory in the Netherlands in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors. This is the same factory that manufactured Volvo 340 vehicles in 1970s and 1980s. To save production costs, the Smart Forfour shares most of its elements with the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt. This contains the chassis, suspension and a new generation of MIVEC petrol engines, ranging from the three cylinder 1. 1 to to the four cylinder 1. 3 and 1. 5 L with performance up to 80 Kw (109 PS). The 1. 5 L cdi diesel motor, on the contrary, is a three-cylinder Mercedes-Benz motor derived from the four-cylinder of the Mercedes-Benz A-class, and is available with either 68 PS or 95 PS.
A Brabus-prepared sports version has been available since 2005. It is powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G15 motor, developing 130 Kw (177 PS), 27 PS more than its "brother", the Mitsubishi Colt CZT. It can reach a maximum speed of 221 km/h (137 mph) and accelerate up to 100 Km/h (60 mph) in 6. 9 seconds. thanks to slow sales, the Forfour has been phased out from production.
The driving pleasure and individual style that are Mini's signatures have been tapped to create the next-generation Convertible - Mini Cooper S Cabrio. With its evolutionary layout and increased functionality, specially tuned suspension, comprehensive, efficient engines and improved security technology, the latest version of the four-seat convertible raises the bar.
New color choices and equipment features add up to endless features for customization. The luxury materials and finishes improve the Mini Convertible - the only open-air vehicle in its class - even further.
The new Mini Convertible will make its worldwide debut in January at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Orders for the Mini Convertible are being taken now; the price tag for the Mini Cooper Convertible is $24550, and for the Mini Cooper S Cabrio $27450, including the $650 destination and handling charge. Delivery of the first Mini Convertibles will begin on March 28, 2009.
The new Mini Convertible's durable soft-top with integrated sliding roof function reliably protects driver and passengers from the components when it is up. Enabling for spontaneous open-air motoring, the soft top lowers automatically in 15 seconds flat, even when the vehicle is in motion up to 20 mph. The original Openometer next to the tachometer challenges the driver to log as many top-down miles as possible by recording the hours spent open-air motoring.