Daimler To Stop Selling Gas-Powered Smart Cars In U.S & Canada

Daimler is set to remove all gas-powered Smart models from its U.S. and Canadian offerings later this year, and will instead focus solely on electric models.

Speaking to Mercedes-Benz dealerships in a letter, Mercedes-Benz USA chief executive Dietmar Exler confirmed the news.

“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,” he said.

Automotive News says that the standard Smart ForTwo coupe and cabriolet models will be discontinued after the 2017 model year with production for North America ceasing in April.

The latest generation electric Smart ForTwo only hit the market recently but company spokesman Rob Moran said that electric variants of the previous-gen Smart accounted for up to 30 per cent of the brand’s local sales.

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  • Vassilis

    Ah, using the word gas to describe something that burns liquid fuel.

    • Braddo

      I know i opened it thinking wow they run on gas?? No – they run on fuel lol

      • Benjamin B.

        In North America we use the term gasoline to describe petrol, which is stupid imho.

        • gary4205

          Gasoline is what it is. Petrol sounds stupid.

  • smartacus

    deliberate shut down of smart:

    -1) install 70’s feminist Dr. Annette Winkler to replace Dave Schembri as the chief of smart cars

    -2) gynocentric redesign to alienate half the population and reduce sales

    -3) only sell the low-selling electric version

    -4) claim they have to shutter the brand

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