Originally Posted by smark
The cars you mention, are a lot larger then the forfour. I own 2 of the ones you suggested. I'm 10 minutes from our smart dealership. The smart you own. Your driving a hour for service. The brand been here for over 8 years now. The consumer is pretty aware of the vehicle. The forfour, would really help smarts, sales numbers grow. The practical smart.
.... the ForTwo has been in the country for 8 years. How does that make the consumer "aware of the vehicle"? Yes, they're aware that the ForTwo exists, but the majority know absolutely jack about it. People still quietly make jokes about them to people they're with. Just the other day i stopped at a local gas station to drop off a RedBox movie, and as i was pulling into a space, i noticed two people staring at my car. As soon as i got up to the redbox, i heard the girl say something along the lines of "If you'd hit a snail, you'd roll it".
You want another reason why your theory is a little flawed? Check the dealership map. There are 87 Smart Centers in the ENTIRE United States.... the vast majority of which being cluttered around larger cities in coastal Florida and California. Look how many states have NO centers. How do these people know about the car, besides maybe a group that shows up to a car show (which would still be rather unlikely considering the lack of dealerships in a lot of areas).
Even in areas where there IS a smart center within a reasonable distance, It's not so much that people have a knowledge of the car as it is a willful obliviousness to what exactly it is.
And no... the ForFour would be wasted here in the US. As it's been mentioned, with gas prices being a bit lower than they've been, demand for smaller cars has dropped noticeably. The Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 have already been put out of production due to it... and for the first year or two, the Dart's sold like crazy. No idea why, though.... i owned one, and it sucked.