As reported earlier and long before I could write about it myself, Mercedes-Benz USA sent a letter to dealerships telling them that production of the US spec W453 will cease in April, and sales of the petrol smart in the US will end once dealerships run out of stock (of which many 2016s remain).
From the leaked document:
“Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current smart product portfolio,”... “The smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada...”
I’ve always joked this would happen, just didn’t think it would actually happen so soon.
I’m so going to hold on to my twins forever now. Phil is about to get really rare! In all seriousness though, all good things come to an end eventually. Looks like I’ll be importing my future babies from here on out.
To be honest, I bet the only reason why they aren’t pulling the EVs is because the 3rd Gen electric drives are jussssssst a couple months from being released to the US in the first place, so I guess they’re going to give them a whirl anyway.
I’m going to try to confirm the news with my connection at smart. I will update when I hear back!