Gasoline Smart ForTwo Bites the Dust; EV Lives On

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CARS.COM — The gasoline Smart ForTwo has been canceled just two model years into its current generation. Smart, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. arm, told dealers it would pull the plug on the gas version of its microcar — which went from an abysmal earlier effort to a far better, if still flawed, redesign — after the 2017 model year.

Related: 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Preview

In a letter to dealers obtained by, Smart announced the demise of gasoline versions of both the hardtop and convertible ForTwo, but said it still plans to sell the ForTwo Electric Drive, a battery-powered version of the car. A redesigned ForTwo Electric Drive that’s based on the new ForTwo hits dealerships this summer as both a hardtop and convertible.

Mercedes admitted that “developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current smart [sic] product portfolio,” but added that “a dedicated focus on the Electric Drive in the U.S. and Canada provides a logical step to support a sustainable, zero emissions future.”

The automaker will continue to provide service for anyone with a gasoline Smart ForTwo at Mercedes or Smart dealerships. If you want one, better hurry; as of Feb. 14, there were only 833 new gasoline Smart ForTwos nationwide on

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