Smart is powered by Canada and the United States. Mercedes-Benz Canada has confirmed that the sale of a small car that is currently only sold as a cordless electric vehicle will end at the end of the 2019 model year.
In its statement, the company said "a number of factors, including the declining market for micro-enterprises in the US and Canada, combined with the high cost of homologating a small-volume model".
Mercedes-Benz will continue its electrical strategy with the new EQ models, which will initially be adopted in Canada with the new EQC in 2020.
Smart initially started operating in 1998 as a joint venture between Daimler-Benz and tracked Swatch – leading to a small city car with replaceable plastic body panels that could be turned off to change the look of a car like Swatch. The car used a three-cylinder, 800-cc diesel engine, rated at only 40 horsepower when they arrived in Canada in 2004.
They did not arrive in the United States until 2008, when the powertrain switched to a three-cylinder petrol engine. Originally imported by United Auto Group, owned by Roger Penske, which in 2011 transferred distribution rights back to Mercedes-Benz.
The best selling years of the car were shortly after its Canadian introduction and then dropped. For 2014, the EQ electric version was added and for 2018 the Smart Coupe and cabriolet dropped its petrol engine and went strictly electrically. The range was approximately 130 kilometers for a fee, which also reduced its appeal when other trams offered much longer driving distances.
In 2017 alone, only 368 smarts were sold in Canada, dropping to just 345 in 2018. Daimler recently announced that a joint venture with Zhejiang Geely will build an electric Smart in China, with sales starting in 2022.
In both Canada and the US, Mercedes-Benz will continue to provide service and spare parts for gasoline and electric versions through authorized dealers.