Covers some of smart's history, sales issues in NA, and future prospects teaming with Geely:
It's hard to say regarding advertising. Most Americans just don't like really small cars. Some of us do, but most don't. But you're right, the ForTwo is a great commuter car. I've even taken mine on extended out-of-state trips and it preformed just fine. I'm still surprised it can zip along at 80mph+ and remain perfectly stable and straight. Basically, I bought my car solely for fun. I don't live in the city so parking advantages aren't necessary. Having owned various Miatas, Minis and vintage British sports cars, small cars are like go-karts to me and anyone who's driven a go-kart knows they are a hoot to drive. And my little turbo Smart is a definitely hoot.So far I believe the smart has had good sales in China since it was imported there. Part ownership and production should make for success for the near future. As for the U.S., I’m still of the belief that Daimler didn’t advertise the smart correctly for the American market. So many of us use our smarts for longer distance driving instead of as a “city car”. It is a perfect commuter car.