: Smart isn't coming!



Randy_W
11-10-05, 03:07 PM
Sports Cars
Farewell, Smart Roadster
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If you want one of these micro-roadsters, and you live in the U.S., you'll have to wait awhile...photo courtesy DaimlerChryslerIt never came here, and now it never will. The Smart Roadster, the three-cylinder sports car manufactured by the Daimler-Chrysler subsidiary Smart, has ceased production after just two years, thanks to slow sales.
About 45,000 of the lightweight two-seaters were built, with the 2005 models stickering at $20,850.
Smart, originally a joint venture between Daimler-Chrysler and Swatch, the watch company, has been a big disappointment and a money-loser for the carmaker, and speculation has long focused on when Daimler-Chrysler might pull the plug.
Dieter Zetsche, new Mercedes Car Group chief executive, has endorsed a restructuring plan to halt the flow of red ink by 2007, and plans are apparently still underway to bring the four-seat ForFour microcar to the U.S. market next year.
Really want a Smart Roadster? No problem. Just wait 25 years, when federal emissions and safety requirements will no longer apply.
- By David LaChance

Oh well, I didn't want one anyway!;)

Spyder
11-10-05, 04:37 PM
I barely fit in a cadillac, what the hell would I want that for? :D

Krashed989
11-10-05, 04:54 PM
You mean we have no smarts??? :shocked: :sneaky:

addison_ii
11-10-05, 04:56 PM
Good. I was afraid I might run over someone who wasn't SMART enough NOT to buy one. :D

fast66
11-10-05, 05:08 PM
all smarts are really really slow, and mercedes does nothing really to help. They are not safe either, I wouldnt buy one.

Jesda
11-10-05, 05:21 PM
$20k for a car with a crummy gearbox and the practicality of a tuxedo. No thanks.

70eldo
11-10-05, 06:29 PM
Finally a SMART move! Those tiny tupperwares annoy the shit out of me when they park 90 degrees to the curb...

And $20K for a car(?) like that is an aweful lot and not smart at all!