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Smart Exiting U.S. Market

Mini car brand Smart will exit the U.S and Canadian market after the 2019 model year. Smart has struggled in North America since launch and the struggle is even more real now that consumers prefer larger utility vehicles.  In fact, Smart sold only 1,276 cars in the U.S. during all of 2018. That's down from a high of 24,622 about a…

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Daimler's Smart Brand to Focus on EVs, Stop Selling Gas-Powered Cars in North America

Citing a letter that Mercedes-Benz USA sent to its dealerships, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports that Daimler will stop selling its gas-powered Smart cars in North America and focus on electric vehicles. In the letter, Mercedes-Benz USA chief executive Dietmar Exler indicated that sales of Smart cars equipped with combustion engines would end in September, leaving battery-powered versions of…

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2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Pricing to Start at $19,650

Equipped with a standard five-speed manual transmission, the diminutive two-seater will start at $19,650, or $20,640 with the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The pricing includes destination fees. Last offered in the U.S. in 2015, the Fortwo Cabrio is touted for the three-in-one versatility of its new "Tritop" roof. Operated at the touch of a button or remotely activated using a…

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