Just thinking ... if you need a back seat, then there are a multitude of options ... without holding one's breath for a forfour from smart.
Anyway, I was just speaking for myself.
I know people (quite a few actually) who drive pickup trucks, and almost never have a need for the truck bed. Guess they like trucks. Most of them don't have a back seat. I might need a pickup once a decade. When/if that day comes, I'm sure it would be cheaper for me to rent one than to buy one.
Yep, I understand yours, and other folk's need for more than two seats. However, If I had that need, then I wouldn't have bought a smart, my first two seater and loving it.
I have a good-sized family, but most of them have moved out, so I don't need to haul much (thus the Fortwo), I don't use the truck much either, but I have a lot of hobbies, so I do haul stuff now and again; plus, when you meet someone at the airport, or you are hauling all your luggage to the airport, the truck does come in pretty handy. The smart just don't cut it for that duty, but that's not why I bought mine either. Realistically, when you only have exactly 2 seats (not even an emergency jump-set) you do limit your market -- that's a fact.
In TX, lots of folk commute in their trucks -- I also don't get that! I always drive some piece o crap econobox to work. The right vehicle for the right job.
It probably wouldn't pay for M-B to do the research and tooling for that to ever get off the ground. Just look how many of the domestic auto makers that had several "rebadged" cars in the line up and where are they now? Chevy, Ponitac, Buick , Saturn , Mercury, Chysler, Plymouth, Dodge all had mulitples of the same car......how many are out of business?
I deliver marketing fliers to rural homes. Most of the time when a pick up truck is in the drive, no one is home. Many folks keep the truck just to haul that magic trailer. And it sits 95% of the time. and I thought it was just us.
But the pickup truck came in handy Monday after the dells rally when I left the keys to the Versa in the smart my wife took to work.
At least I had a back up vehicle for the day
Back seats that fold down, would be very handy too. I need more cargo space.
3 of us in our family. Always have to drive our Honda Fit, when we go out to dinner, or carry cargo.
Tried to get a sliding Dewalt 12" power miter box in the back of the smart. Didn't work unless the tail gate was down. Wasn't going to drive 90 miles round trip, with it open. Took the Fit instead, saw, tools, mdf board.
I have a smart and a truck. Most of my driving miles are commuting to work and the smart handles that duty. However, for all other driving needs, the truck comes into play: 4WD for bad winter driving, crew cab for seating up to 5, truck bed for hauling large or dirty items, towing up to 6,500 lbs, and just a general second vehicle when my wife and I have to go separate places (rarely). The truck sees about 1/3 of the miles as the car does, but I still need it frequent enough for one of the above duties to justify its existence.
I haul all kinds of crap in my pick-up and it seats 6, so when I'm using it to haul stuff, or the entire family it is as fuel-efficient as the smart! I've hauled stuff in my cars before, but it often times tears them up, damages the trim getting stuff in and out, shreds the carpet, and generally is hard on them. I think it better to get one of those light-weight trailers that fold up (don't take too much room) are easier on your car if you need to occasionally transport the heavy (less than 300 Lb) stuff and you are committed to 1 smart car.
I said the same thing when the Cayenne came out! LOL, they sold the pants off it and made a bundle of cash for Porsche; so, mock if you want, but if you want to be viable, you have to have a marketable, and profitable product. Good thing the US has the CAFE standards, or the smart would already be history!
I have a forfour smart car and the power steering go`s on and off when it feels like. This all happened when my wife flattened the battery. Its been to a Merc dealership and they found nothing, can someone help PLEASE!!!!!!
Yes, a manual Forfour, the perfect car for many of us, a rare model, is for sale, the asking price is about $7,000 dollars , it has approximately 62,000 miles, only problem: it's located south of the border :D
I've been dreaming about this car ever since last summer. It was supposed to be auctioned on December 27th, 2010 but due to a title delay (most likely, the VIN matches a wrecked 450 and not 454) it's sale has been delayed.
Given they might not be able to get get the title they may just sell it...
Consumer Guide Automotive has an article on a 2013 Smart Forfour.
'Smart may revive its ForFour model and bring it to the U.S. for the 2013 or 2014 model year. The 2006 ForFour is shown here. See more pictures of small cars. '
I think it would be great if Smart expanded its model line...