The joint venture MCC (Micro Compact Car AG) created corporation Daimler-Benz and Swiss watchmaker SMH to create the urban two-seater and is very economical mini-car Smart. Smart Company - a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler.
Smart Model ( "Egghead"), first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997. Production is carried out in the French city Ambash 1998.
Avtmobil created the so-called "sandwich" platform with a safety capsule Tridion. Load length is only 2.5 meters. energy-absorbing - Bodywork. Wheelbase 812 mm. Curb vehicle weight of 720 kg, the maximum - 980 kg. Smart has a lower center of gravity that reduces the risk of the vehicle tipping over on sharp turns.
The car is equipped with three-cylinder engine of 0.6 liter capacity of 45 horse power fuel injection. The engine is located behind the rear wheels and results. In a modification of a turbocharged power is increased to 55 liters. from. The maximum speed of 135 km / h. In 1999 the range was complemented by a modification of a diesel turbo engine capacity of 0.8 liter capacity of 41 horse power.
The six-speed transmission Softouch with variable gear ratio and an electric clutch. Standard features include ABS, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, "crash-manager", an energy absorbing steering column, airbags for driver and passenger.
Premiere Convertible - September 1999.
In November 1999, he was featured version of the engine cdi.