I drove a Canadian diesel cdi smart a couple weeks ago because of the generosity of one of the canadian site members. He had installed a scangauge on it - a device that takes many measurements such as speed, miles travelled, etc. He set it up for me to measure miles per hour (his speedo was all metric) and miles per gallon. In sixth gear at a steady 35 miles per hour I was able to touch 200 miles per gallon! Maintaining 100 miles per gallon at a slow steady pace was a snap. "Gina's"(that's the car's name) owner told me that the 450 model canadian diesel smarts typically average 60 - 80 miles per gallon!
Yup! Sure would be nice to get a diesel model here!
There is a fleeting chance in 2009 that a Euro spec diesel could operate here under U.S. standards. The Euro diesels presently are Euro4 compliant, but not U.S. compliant. In 2009 they go to Euro5, which is stricter than the current U.S.; the window opens. But in 2010, the U.S. tightens up yet again, tighter than Euro5; the window closes.