DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. Someone I know who is an economic news junkie claims he read in an economic news mag that Smart is pulling the plug on their US import and dealer network at the end of the 2016 sales year due to continuing poor sales even after the intro of the 453. He doesn't recall what mag where he read it. I don't believe it myself but I live in Chicago and I bought my 453 the first week they were on sale but still have not spotted another 453 on the road. OK - I have braced myself for the coming onslaught of responses!