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Smart Transitions to Electric Only For North America

Mercedes to stop selling gas-powered Smart car in US Daimler is going all-electric with 'Smart' cars in North America
Dinis Gusmão | 17 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:12

For its most recent refresh, and in a nod to American sensibilities, the ForTwo grew primarily in power, though the dimensions did get a small bump.

Smart currently has 85 dealers in the US, and Mercedes admits it's unclear if that number will decrease now that the gas cars have been cut from the lineup, Automotive News reports.

Electric versions of the vehicle are zero emissions, according to the Daily News. The letter said that the electric is fundamental to its long-term powertrain strategy in the US, and the Smart ForTwo electric drive will assume an essential part in carrying it forward. The news was first reported by Reuters, and SlashGear has reviewed the letter Smart distributed to North American dealerships.

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The Smart vehicle, built in France, is based on a 1998 design and has changed little in looks over the years.

Daimler's popular Smart brand will be moving away from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the United States and Canada in the coming years - completely - and fully embracing all-electric vehicles instead. However, the Smart ForFour won't be available in the USA; and pricing on the ForTwo models will be announced later. While those numbers were good, they were not great considering the stature of the auto. Buyers in Europe will still be able to order the Fortwo with Renault-sourced three-cylinder engines, including an entry-level 1.0-liter unit rated at just 60 horsepower, and a turbocharged 900cc mill tuned to provide 90 horses. That's down from its 2008 peak when the company sold 24,622 cars, 30 percent of which were EVs.

If Smart's sales figures are any indication, one of its biggest challenges is that there simply isn't much demand for the tiny vehicles.

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The decision hasn't been made public yet, but a Smart spokesperson told Digital Trends that dealers were recently informed of the looming changes by Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dieter Exler.

Heck, even if gas prices were sky-high, Smart cars wouldn't necessarily stand out because they don't earn extraordinary fuel economy.

But fear not, microcar fans, Mercedes says the electric version will go on.

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