I read this as it isn't a done deal the forfour won't/can't be sold here, so if you'd like to see it here let smart in Germany and smart USA know there's an interest. If they don't see any demand for the car then they have no reason to bring it here....we haven't taken a decision on the launch of the new smart four-seater in the U.S. yet. We are currently examine the market situation in the U.S. and whether provided that facts of the high costs for homologation of the new smart four-seater which can be justified at the economic level in this market. Many greetings from Pam @ your smart team.
The next 500, and Spark, are going to be bigger too. The Countryman is no longer lenght wise then a Honda Fit. It might be 4" wider. The new next generation Fit will be a couple inch shorter. A 4 door smart make sense here. I guess MB doesn't care if it sells here.I'd like to think we choked out the iQ. We are the US city car market.
Yes, the Fiat 500, the Spark, and similar cars are also city cars, but Americans don't see them that way.
Likewise, a four door smart could also help drive sales for the two door smart. Everyone I've ever talked to who said they didn't want a smart, was because they wished it would seat four. The market it there, but MBUSA doesn't see it.
A good example is too look at MINI. They suffered the same issue. People loved the Cooper, but wouldn't buy one because it was too small. So BMW listened and brought over larger models. Now look at 'em, popularity through the roof and some dealerships are having a hard time keeping Countrymans in stock.
And strangely enough, the blokes over at Insider confirmed it.According to Neon's favorite friends at JalPLOPnik...NO Forfour for the states.
"smart USA sees no need to sell a four seat car"
Smart Doesn't Care About Selling Americans A Four-Seat Smart