Mercedes-Benz pulls plug on gasoline Smart cars

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Smart is going all-electric in this part of the world.

The production of gasoline-powered Smart fortwo subcompacts will be discontinued for the United States and Canada in April 2017, according to a report by Automotive News, which cites a letter from Mercedes-Benz to dealers. After the launch of 2018 fortwo coupe and cabrio models—both having what Mercedes calls its fourth-generation electric drive—in summer 2017, Smart will be an electric-car-only brand for these markets.

Automotive News notes that sales of Smart cars declined after they reached a peak in 2014. Smart introduced electric versions of its fortwo coupe in the United States in 2010, with wide distribution beginning in the 2013 model year.