2011 Smart Fortwo Lightshine Edition launched in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 16, 2011

Smart is offering a new special edition of its Fortwo city car that has CO2 emissions of only 86g/km. Dubbed the Smart Fortwo Lightshine, this car is powered by a 54bhp, 0.8-litre, three-cylinder CDI engine.

Smart claims that this is the cleanest combustion-engined car in the world. The Lightshine is based on the Passion coupé model and it features light green matte body panels, LED daytime running lights, color-coded headlamp surrounds, Lightshine badging and bespoke alloy wheels.

The Lightshine also includes a touch-sensitive satellite navigation system (as found in the top-spec Passion), CD/DVD/SD functionality and iPod connectivity.

Its interior has been fitted with a three-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles and floor mats with an embedded Lightshine logo. Only 86 units will be made and all these are destined for the UK. Notably, the 86 number is in reference to its CO2 emissions rating. The Lightshine has a starting price of £11,405.

Just like the most recent smart fortwo, the lightshine edition comes with fresh designs of its upper dashboard and glovebox, as well as new fabric patterns and improved materials.

The special edition also brings the passion model’s high line system for navigation with a bigger touch screen, support for CD/DVD/SD and an iPod interface, while the finishing touches on the interior include a 3-spoke steering wheel alongside paddle shift gear change and floor mats presenting the ‘lightshine’ logo.

It was announced that just 86 of the smart fortwo lightshine edition will be made for the United Kingdom and they will all have the 54bhp CDI engine. The lightshine edition will be able to decrease its CO2 emission to only 86g/km due to the softip pulse transmission.

This is a great achievement as this is the lowest emission among all combustion engine cars. Managing Director of Mercedes Benz Cars Gary Savage stated that the lightshine edition follows smart values, having a style that’s catchy for the eye, as well as great comfort and compatibility with the environment.

Savage says that all these are offered in a fun-to-drive package, adding that the lightshine edition shows how continuous innovation is essential for the demands of clients. Savage thinks that the special addition is the ideal choice for customers who want to own something entertaining and original while not compromising practicality and economy.

Press Release

smart is set to be even more of a leading light with the arrival of the smart fortwo lightshine edition

Based on the passion smart coupe model, the striking special edition emphasises the enhancements to the latest new generation smart fortwo and reaffirms the cdi model as the CO2 world champion for combustion engine vehicles.

The stunning exterior of the lightshine edition builds on the now standard colour coded front and rear aprons, sideskirts and filler cap of the new passion. Unique to the lightshine edition are the combination of light green matt body panels, LED daytime running lights, colour coded headlamp bezels, 'lightshine' badging and the new pulse 3-double spoke alloys in an exclusive paint finish.

As with the latest smart fortwo, the interior of the lightshine edition benefits from new upper dashboard and glovebox designs along with improved materials and new fabric patterns. The striking special edition also features the passion model's high line navigation system with a new larger touch screen, CD/DVD/SD functionality and iPod interface, while interior finishing touches include a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with paddleshift gear change and floor mats with the 'lightshine' logo.

Only 86 of the smart fortwo lightshine edition will be produced for the UK and all will feature the groundbreaking 54bhp cdi engine. Using the softip transmission of the pulse, the lightshine edition emits just 86g/km CO2 - the lowest figure in the world for a combustion engine car.

"The smart fortwo lightshine edition epitomises the values of smart, the model offering an unrivalled fusion of eye-catching style, comfort and environmental compatibility in a fun-to-own and drive package," said Gary Savage, Managing Director, Mercedes Benz Cars.

"Based on the cdi, the lightshine edition demonstrates how the innovative brand continually evolves to meet customers' requirements, the special edition being the perfect choice for today's car buyers who wish to drive something that is both unique and entertaining but who do not wish to compromise on economy, practicality and affordability."

The smart fortwo lightshine edition is priced at £11,405 on-the-road.

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