Smart has never really had any luck in North America. Their best year in sales was in 2014 when they sold 10,453 vehicles. Since then, sales have been steadily declining thanks to low gas prices and consumers going to crossovers and SUVs. Because of this, Smart is making a drastic decision.
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obtained a letter sent to Smart dealers that states the brand will cease selling gas-powered models by the end of this year. Starting in 2018, dealers will only sell the electric drive variant.
“Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio. Therefore, with the launch of the fourth-generation Smart ForTwo electric drive this summer, the Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada,” wrote Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.
Smart Transitions to Electric Only For North America