Originally Posted by Neonspinnazz
I guess I kinda expected someone at smart USA/MB USA to go "Hey guys, this is our 2nd chance to get it right!" and they make sure this release is the biggest thing to happen to city cars in the US since the new Mini's first arrival.
But nope. I'm fairly certain that they only sell smarts here so big Mercedes can move as many S-Classes as they can.
Chevy can't stock enough Sparks to satisfy demand, yet MB USA says there's no market for a small four seat car.
Yep. Not tooting my own horn, but I'm a perfect example of MB's failure. For the first 5-6 years they were here, they couldn't have asked for a better spokesperson. A lot of folks on this foum know me personally. I went to every event, I did all I could to help the dealership. I even helped sell cars on a busy weekend when their staff was overwhelmed, and never asked for anything in return. I relentlessly supported smarts effort, and tried to educate people on what smart was really about.
Now, I've given up. Like I said, I still love the car, but I long ago tired of beating my head against a wall with a company that really didn't care for the folks they were selling cars to. It's just a numbers game for MB now. How many smarts can they sell to offset the S-class & AMG's that make them the big $$$. Someday I will finally wear out my smart, then I'll be done with the brand. At this point, it's lost is "sparkle" for me. Once upon a time, I was convinced I would own a smart for the rest of my life. Now, I'll probably never own another one. It's not the car's fault, I couldn't have asked for a better car. It is the supporting company.
smart is a lifestyle, not just a car. Folks that own smarts want to be involved, they was to make a difference. It's not just transportation, and MB doesn't get that...
It's really sad, and very disappointing...