straight.com said:By any measure, Mercedes's Smart car has been a success in Canada. Since its launch in 2004, more than 10,000 have rolled off dealers' lotsâ€“more than three times the number that Mercedes originally forecast.
What's even more intriguing is that Mercedes hadn't planned on selling the Smart in North America, period. Europeans have happily tootled around in them since 1998, with more than three-quarters of a million of the little runabouts on the roads of England, Germany, France, and so on, but Mercedes brass just didn't think it would fly on this side of the pond. When the first few prototypes were brought over in late 2003, I can still remember the reaction I got when I asked a Mercedes executive if we'd ever see them on the streets of Vancouver. "Absolutely not," was the unequivocal reply. Funny how things change.