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Mercedes-Benz to pull Smart cars from Canada, U.S. market

May 22/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- With sales falling, German automaker Daimler AGs Mercedes-Benz business has announced that it will discontinue sales of its full-electric Smart brand in Canada and the U.S. at the end of the current model year, as per Canplastics.

Once touted as the next big thing in urban mobility, Canadian sales of Smart vehicles fell 6.3 per cent to just 345 units in 2018 after the car went fully electric. U.S. Smart sales in 2018 were 1,276, a drop of 58 per cent.

Daimler ended sales of gasoline-fuelled Smart cars in 2017.

The Smart brands electric cars offered 93 kms of driving range per charge. In contrast, competing models such as the mid-range Tesla Model 3 offered an estimated range of 523 kms per charge.

In its statement, Daimlers Mercedes-Benz brand cited a number of factors for the decision to end Smarts run in Canada and the U.S., including a declining micro-car market in the two countries, combined with the costs required to bring the European-designed Smart in line with North American regulations.

Mercedes dealers will still offer parts and repairs for Smart cars, the company said.

Daimler has said it will enter into a joint venture with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to build a new generation of Smart models in a purpose-built electric-car factory in China with global sales to begin in 2022.

As MRC informed earlier, Daimler said it will spend EUR3 B (USD3.35 B) to curtail diesel exhaust pollution levels by modifying its engines and exhaust treatment systems, including a software update for some Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation. Daimler AG is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. As of 2014, Daimler owns or has shares in a number of car, bus, truck and motorcycle brands including Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Smart Automobile, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Setra, BharatBenz, Mitsubishi Fuso, MV Agusta as well as shares in Denza, KAMAZ, Beijing Automotive Group, and Renault-Nissan Alliance. In 2015 Daimler sold 2.9 million vehicles. By unit sales, Daimler is the thirteenth-largest car manufacturer and second-largest truck manufacturer in the world.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:car components, DaimlerChrysler Automotive Russia.
Category:General News
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