Smart To Withdraw From US And Canada Following Massive Sales Decline

It appears Smart has finally gotten smart as the company has announced plans to withdraw from the United States and Canada.

In a statement, a Daimler spokesperson told TechCrunch “After much careful consideration, Smart will discontinue its battery-electric Smart EQ ForTwo model in the U.S. and Canadian markets at the conclusion of MY2019.” The spokesperson went on to say the decision was a result of multiple factors including a “declining micro-car market in the U.S. and Canada, combined with high homologation costs for a low volume model.”

It’s true that demand has dropped, but Smart helped to put a nail in its own coffin when it decided to only sell electric vehicles in the United States and Canada. This caused a number of dealers to jump ship and sales, predictably, plummeted.

In the United States, ForTwo sales fell from 6,211 units in 2016 to 1,276 units last year. 2019 was looking even worse as the company only sold 231 vehicles through March. If that trend continued, Smart would have sold less than 1,000 units in the United States this year.

Those numbers are dreadful, but Smart sales in Canada are even worse. Last month, dealers only moved 11 units – a 68.6% decline from the previous year. Year-to-date sales were also awful as Smart Canada has only sold 45 vehicles since January.

Given the small sales, it’s no wonder why Smart decided to pull the plug.  It’s also obvious why most buyers avoided the EQ ForTwo.  The pint-sized electric vehicle has a range of just 58 miles (93 km) and that’s only 11 miles (18 km) more than the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.

Dealers will continue to sell their existing inventory and, in the future, Smart owners will be able to have their vehicles serviced at Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

  • yonceous

    we been knew

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    What surprised me was how it stayed that long in the market. It has the complete recipe for failure. Too small (for Americans), ugly and unreasonably expensive. And with massive trucks and SUVs populating American roads, could you imagine being involved in collisions while inside those little tikes?

    • Benjamin B.

      Smart is planning on larger B segment vehicles including a B segment crossover to compete with BMW’s MINI Countryman. I get why the A-segment ForTwo ED (Electric Drive) is being pulled from the USDM. The petrol/gasoline version has already left. Smart never sold the 4-door ForFour. I understand Smart never held up to the standards of Daimler’s larger Mercedes-Benz models. It’s a shame. Daimler is giving up on the A segment and letting the Chinese take over Smart. For Americans at least the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is pretty good now and offers a much better ride for a far better value.

    • DGC

      The SMART Car is/was a pretty safe car….

  • Alduin

    These were never worth the price Smart wanted for them. Not a huge loss. Now when will Mini pull out of the US market next? Mini sucks.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “smart car” for dumb people. overpriced tiny junk, begone

  • Classic Bob

    Now if only Fiat were as Smart…

  • StrangerGP

    I’ve been always amazed people are buying these cars. There’s nothing “smart” about them. You’re just wasting your money on a very unpractical and heavily overpriced car. A car like a 3 door Mini at least has back seats, proper boot and great handling.

  • dll1183

    A car with little purpose and few buyers gets discontinued.
    Not particularly surprising.

  • Not a bad car. But if you can buy a low mileage Mustang for the same price, it’ll be hard to come up with a reason to buy this.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    And of course, blame SUVs for that result..

  • SavetheCamaro

    What if Smart no longer sold any of its cars outside Europe (except UK, Ireland, Russia, and CIS Nations) and China? Will it mean Mercedes-EQ takes over the world thanks to their EQC and upcoming EQS?

  • NY Engineer

    If you needed a car for short trips and you weren’t trying to drive hundreds of miles in a car that wasn’t designed/powered to do so, then the Smart car fits well. I agree the prices were a bit high but I found a Smart, used for a very low price. No regrets! The only thing I disagree with in this write up. It is stated that ” in the future, Smart owners will be able to have their vehicles serviced at Mercedes-Benz dealerships.” I have called a few MB dealerships and the ones I have contacted will not service them. I think someone may want to research that information again or tell MB dealerships that they are supposed to be servicing these vehicles. Otherwise you have to take your Smart to a Smart dealership for service.

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