If you want a gasoline-powered Smart Fortwo, better go shopping soon.
According to a new report from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Smart North America (Canada and the U.S.) is done selling gas vehicles. It's the first automaker (and we hope not the last) to take that stance. The magazine cites a letter from Mercedes-Benz HQ to local dealers by U.S. boss Dietmar Exler saying that sales of vehicles with combustion engines will be discontinued in September. The September cut-off basically means that the 2017 lineup will include gas vehicles, but the 2018's will only be all-electric.
In North America, Smart offers just the Fortwo Electric Drive, and the Fortwo Cabrio Electric Drive. The Forfour is not offered in the region. Last year, Smart sold 6,211 cars in the U.S., and 1,875 in Canada, the latter of which was more than double the number sold the year before. Smart Electric Drive sales have been as high as 2,594 units in the U.S. (2014).
Besides some exterior and interior design tweaks, that refresh also bumps all-electric range in the U.S. from 68 miles to 75 miles in 2017.
Source: Automotive News