The smart brand is powered down in Canada and the United States. Mercedes-Benz Canada has confirmed that sales of the tiny car, which is currently sold only in battery-powered electric vehicles, will end at the end of the model year 2019.
In a statement, the company cited "a number of factors, including the falling motokolyaski market in the US and Canada, together with the high cost of homologation for the model with low volume."
Mercedes-Benz will continue its strategy with new electric models equalizer that initially will come to Canada with a new EQC in 2020.
Smart was originally launched in 1998 as a joint venture between Daimler-Benz and the watch company Swatch – the result of a tiny city car with changing colored plastic body panels, which can be switched to change the appearance of the car as Swatch. Cars used diesel engine, three-cylinder, 800 cc, with capacity of 40 horsepower, when they arrived in Canada in 2004.
They did not arrive in the United States until 2008, when the transmission is shifted to the petrol engine with three cylinders. They were originally imported United Auto Group, owned by Roger Penske, who has transferred the rights to distribute back to Mercedes-Benz in 2011.
Have the best vehicle sales year was soon after its introduction, the Canadian and decreased thereafter. An electric version of EQ was added in 2014, and in 2018, the smart line of coupe and convertible dropped its gasoline engine and electric went strictly. The range was about 130 kilometers on a charge, which also limits its appeal when others Electric offers more driving distance.
SMARTS only 368 were sold in Canada in 2017 and fell to 345 in 2018. The small car has to bear in other markets, though. Daimler recently announced a joint venture with Zhejiang Geely, to build electric Smart in China, with sales beginning in 2022.
In Canada and the US, Mercedes-Benz will continue to provide service and spare parts for petrol and electrical versions through authorized dealers.