The Smart brand might be dumping its gasoline combustion engines.
According to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Smart is refocusing its brand in North America and will only offer electric vehicles before the end of the year. The newspaper cites a letter Mercedes-Benz USA sent to its dealerships that said the sale of Smart cars with combustion engines would stop this September.
That means only the electric version of the Smart fortwo coupe and convertibles will be offered by next year.
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Smart fortwo sales have never been significant in North America. Last year, Smart sold just 6,211 units in the U.S. and 1,875 units in Canada. The brand got off to a respectable start in the U.S. in 2008 when it moved 24,622 units, but those numbers have since fizzled.
[Source: Automotive News]
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