You can order your car on the internet, 'building' your personal design in virtual reality (to try this, go to www.thesmart.co.uk and choose 'build'). You select the basic model, colours, interior, options and accessories. As you make design choices, the overall cost is calculated automatically.
Smartville - the smart factory in France
On its website, the company describes the smart factory as follows.
'smartville is as novel as smart itself. Nearly all the components are made on-site, so it's no effort to get them from where they're made to the assembly line, and that cuts transportation and emissions by up to 95%. Because everything is so close together, smart models are produced in the quantities needed, so there are no tarmac airfields lined up with homeless cars.
'None of the buildings at smartville in Hambach, France, are exposed to harmful substances like formaldehyde and asbestos. In fact, most of the fašade linings are built from beautifully seasoned timber from quick growing European woods. smartville even operates its own biological treatment plant and heat recovery system in plastics processing, so nothing goes to waste. It's a safe and attractive place to be.'