Germany-based DaimlerChrysler AG is not bringing its French-built Smart car, a tiny vehicle that was widely viewed as an option for motorhome owners as a dinghy vehicle, to the United States, according to Automotive News.
“For the time being, we are not going forward with the Smart project in the U.S.,” said a Mercedes-Benz USA LLC spokesman. “At this point we are putting everything on hold.”
DaimlerChrysler had expected to establish 80 Smart car dealerships by September 2006 to sell the Smart ForMore – a larger version of the three-cylinder, two-person Smart ForTwo that is made by Mercedes-Benz in France and sold in Europe.
The second generation of ForTwo cars was to have arrived in the U.S. in 2007 and 2008. The ForTwo is popular among RVers in Europe because it is easy to tow behind small motorhomes.
Mercedes-Benz notified dealers on April 1 that its Smart car plan for the U.S. was on hold.