The Smart plant in Hambach, eastern France

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Leibnizstraße 2
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Technologiezentrum W-tec
Müngstener Str. 10
42285 Wuppertal
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This is an archived article published in October 2003
Smart cars achieve top
ratings in ecology survey

The Smart product range has notched up a significant success. After assessing more than 1,000 production cars, the environmental institute Öko-Trend, based in Wuppertal (Germany), ranked the Smart city-coupé and Smart roadster among the ten most environmental-friendly cars in Germany in 2003. The Smart city-coupé took third place in the overall Öko-Trend car ecology ranking 2003, and the newly-launched Smart roadster came sixth. Volkswagen’s Lupo 3L TDI was rated the most ecological car in Germany, followed by the Audi A2 1.2 TDI.

For Smart, the individual ratings in the sub-categories were particularly encouraging. The Smart cabrio and Smart roadster came first and second respectively in the ‘cabriolet’ segment, ahead of the Volkswagen New Beetle Cabrio. Furthermore, the Smart roadster-coupé came top in the ‘coupé’ category and the Smart city-coupé came second in the ‘minicar’ segment.

Öko-Trend told City Mayors that the Smart roadster combined the pleasure of open-top driving with extremely good environment-friendly characteristics. The car was praised for its low emission engine and low weight. The environmentally friendly production of this model earned the roadster additional points. "The relatively new Smart manufacturing plant in Hambach, eastern France, was designed to make car production as ecologically sound as possible," the report’s authors said.

Since 1997 the Öko-Trend Institute has drawn up rankings to provide guidance to ecology minded car buyers. The analysis considers the preservation of resources in the production process, procurement and logistics. Fuel consumption and pollutant emissions are given a special weighting. Recycling and environmental management aspects are also considered in the assessment.

Smart President Andreas Renschler told City Mayors that achieving such a good result with Smart's whole current product range was a sensational success for the company. "Smart has attached great importance to environmental friendliness in all developments, production facilities and vehicle concepts since the company and the brand were founded. I am pleased that we have received such a fantastic acknowledgement of our efforts from an independent organisation," Mr Renschler added.
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