Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Smart to Drop Gas-Powered Fortwo, Will Sell Only EVs in North America
Smart has decided to pull the plug on its gas-powered Fortwo in the U.S., and has decided to only sell its Smart Electric Coupe instead.
While we weren't big fans of the earlier gas-powered Smarts, we really liked the latest version when we reviewed it. It was quick, fun-to-drive, and ridiculously nimble—a vehicle I could consider buying. We also reviewed a 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive and found it peppy, quirky, and better than earlier gas iterations. So perhaps the combo of new Smart Fortwo chassis and EV power will be a key to Smart's success in North America?
According to Automotive News, Daimler will refocus the Smart brand on EVs only, and the company will cease production of North American Fortwos sometime later this year. It should be noted that this change is for the U.S. and Canada only. For what it's worth, only 6,211 ForTwos were sold in 2016. Automotive News reports that 25% of Fortwo sales have been the electric versions.
Currently, Smart USA has a lease deal on leftover 2016s where you can get into a Fortwo, still powered by dinosaur juice, for $89 a month, which is pretty cheap. And yes, you can get a Fortwo with either a manual or automatic transmission.