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Daimler pulls the plug on electric smart car sales in US, Canada

Daimler is ending sales of its diminutive all-electric smart fortwo cars in the U.S. and Canada, officially pulling the plug on a vehicle that has struggled to gain ground in North America as the German automaker prepares to bring the brand to China, TechCrunch has learned.

Smart won’t be sold in the U.S. and Canada after the 2019 model year, Daimler AG confirmed after two sources familiar with the decision shared the information with TechCrunch.

“After much careful consideration, smart will discontinue its battery-electric smart EQ fortwo model in the U.S. and Canadian markets at the conclusion of MY2019,” a Daimler AG spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. “A number of factors, including a declining micro-car market in the U.S. and Canada, combined with high homologation costs for a low volume model are central to this decision.”

MBUSA and Mercedes-Benz Canada will continue to provide owners of gasoline-powered and electric smart fortwo models with access to service and replacement parts via smart and authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers, the company told TechCrunch.

Model years begin and end mid-year, suggesting that June will be the final month of production. Sales of the vehicles will continue through end the of the year.


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"MBUSA and Mercedes-Benz Canada will continue to provide owners of gasoline-powered and electric smart fortwo models with access to service and replacement parts via smart and authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers," - NOT feeling any smart love, show me the map of ALL those smart AND AUTHORIZED M-B locations for service & parts . . .
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Our smart dealership, Aristocratic Motors will still service the ICE vehicles. Won’t lay a finger on any of the EV cars. If you’v bought a EV, seems like your on you own. According to intellectual choice, after 5 year of ownership. A EV smart car, only holds 17% of its residual value. If you own one, and it breaks. You can buy another one pretty cheap. Stock up on them, for parts.
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"MBUSA and Mercedes-Benz Canada will continue to provide owners of gasoline-powered and electric smart fortwo models with access to service and replacement parts via smart and authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers," - NOT feeling any smart love, show me the map of ALL those smart AND AUTHORIZED M-B locations for service & parts . . .
Our authorized M-B dealer, a couple of miles up the road, never carried the smart or the Sprinter and wants nothing to do with either. I'm not betting they will have "access to replacement parts" at any point.
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"MBUSA and Mercedes-Benz Canada will continue to provide owners of gasoline-powered and electric smart fortwo models with access to service and replacement parts via smart and authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers," - NOT feeling any smart love, [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/images/smilies/bangwall.gif[/IMG] show me the map of ALL those smart AND AUTHORIZED M-B locations for service & parts . . .
Our authorized M-B dealer, a couple of miles up the road, never carried the smart or the Sprinter and wants nothing to do with either. I'm not betting they will have "access to replacement parts" at any point. <img src="https://smartcarofamerica.com/forums/images/SmartCarOfAmerica/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Now that they're going to be manufactured in China, you could probably get replacement parts for cheap, straight from China.
I'm excitedly waiting a few years for some used off-lease 453EDs to come up for sale sothay I can snag one for cheap. This kinda makes me hope they'll be even cheaper. As for the dealer network, who cares. Most independent mechanics do better work and charge less money.
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Our authorized M-B dealer, a couple of miles up the road, never carried the smart or the Sprinter and wants nothing to do with either. I'm not betting they will have "access to replacement parts" at any point.
Never have been allowed to service or sell parts by the mother ship.
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