212 I think - the largest so far.
While that is your impression as a smart owner/enthusiast what is the impression of a potential smart buyer who is surrounded by a world of (smart) naysayers and many other transportation choices?I get the impression that smart is being sold in the U.S. with the sole intention of keeping the CAFE numbers down, rather than selling as a true asset. Now, with the change in management at the top of sUSA I'm being optimistic that this may change.
So, I'm going to continue and be optimistic about the future of smart, and hope that things change in perception.
I wouldn't say that there is a "world" of naysayers, there is just a world of misinformation that seems to increase. Why people go for other transportation choices? I couldn't say, there are many reasons. My main beef with smart lies with the lack of marketing. They are willing to spend big $$$ for MB commercials, yet spending on smart commercials is around $.01. I understand the economics considering the income generated on one MB car way above any income generated by the smart car. Still, you look at the Fiat which is really the same class of car, owned by another large automaker, most likely has the same low profit margin, yet has huge bold commercials. Those commercials seem to me really sell the car, compared to what smart has. Of course, I could be way off base. I would love to hear how the numbers actually relate, that is sales/commercials. If we want the car to succeed in the U.S., its going to take the existing owners to change the perception. How that is going to occur? How about the Nationals? Well, that is a bad choice considering the turnout. So, another source? I'll leave it to the individual reader to figure that part out...While that is your impression as a smart owner/enthusiast what is the impression of a potential smart buyer who is surrounded by a world of (smart) naysayers and many other transportation choices?