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smart dealers once we go EV only

Smart dealers have a decision to make
Stick with a shrunken, EV-only brand — or give up?
"Mercedes-Benz USA wants the verdict the owners of Smart's other 83 centers by the end of June."

http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL01/170619779/smart-sales-poised-to-shrink-in-ev-play


Other than Mister_smart_LA, how many other smart center dealership brand managers are active on this site?
Have you heard anything from your General Managers/ dealer owners regarding keeping or ditching the brand?

I thought they'd at least let us all launch the new EV model- sounds like many dealers will be closing before that..
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Did we need a new thread for a topic that already exists?
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The "local" smart dealer (15 miles), the only one of three MB dealers in my region (and NOT the dealer to which I take my Benz), has already announced it will no longer carry the smart line. I'm not sure if they are going to remain service-only, but if not, once my "experiment" with the smart EV has run its course, I'll be looking for something else.
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Things are not looking good when the parent wants to know who is left. Sales are not worth the investment?
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Little bit bigger replacement ??

Maybe this is why the gas smart is going away - there is something: bigger, more "normal" Benz-like, and with more market and profit potential. Word has it that MB dealers will soon be carrying the A-class -

https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/futur...GALLERY-ID|0|0

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Maybe this is why the gas smart is going away - there is something: bigger, more "normal" Benz-like, and with more market and profit potential. Word has it that MB dealers will soon be carrying the A-class
The indications seem to be that this is the case. Another article infers the same thing. I must say, the A-class certainly looks a whole lot more "grown up" than the ones I saw in Europe a few years ago!

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Don't be surprised if the A Class goes electric and Smarts start to be phased out. One Star brand to keep all the investors and dealers happy. And buyers too who want a Mercedes but don't make the connection owning a Smart. You heard it here first!
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Don't be surprised if the A Class goes electric and Smarts start to be phased out. One Star brand to keep all the investors and dealers happy. And buyers too who want a Mercedes but don't make the connection owning a Smart. You heard it here first!
You put voice to the very thought I've had ever since I learned my local MB dealer was pulling out of the smart market. Just to make sure, I consulted an unimpeachable source: The Magic 8 Ball:

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Don't be surprised if the A Class goes electric and Smarts start to be phased out. One Star brand to keep all the investors and dealers happy. And buyers too who want a Mercedes but don't make the connection owning a Smart. You heard it here first!
I don't think it's a matter of the smarts "starting to be phased out". It's really a question of when, especially now that the Mothership is demanding yes or no answers from their current smart dealer network as to whether or not they are going to continue to sell the ED .
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My local (Tyson's Corner) smart center WILL NOT be selling electric smarts (Virginia is not an "EV Friendly" state.

They will continue to service both gas and electric smarts.

IF you are in the DC metro area, then Germantown smart center is the ONLY place to buy a new smart.
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