"It was a hard sell even in Europe. smart only sold 140,000 diesels in Europe between 1999 and 2006, when 770,256 cars were sold. So, for a car primarily sold in Europe, the market penetration of the diesel version was unusually low.…"
"As of right now, 77 of the approximately 1300 cars converted by G&K are in my register. So it is going all right. I have got nearly all of these cars from the www. So far only one 450 owner has contacted me directly!"
Hi all, I have a complete registry of all first generation smart diesels that were imported to Canada and details on where they all are now (all 10,239 of them, of which at least 120 are in the USA now), but now I am extending the registration to the gasoline powered 450 models that were grey market imports to the USA.ZAP had a number of earlier 450s with 599 cc gas engines imported and then G&K converted another 1026 of them, in this case 699 cc gas engined cars.What I want to do is reach…See More
"Yes, the crappy power unit of the US/Canada 451 BRABUS was a massive turn-off so it really is necessary to have the full BRABUS powertrain if another BRABUS is sold here. It would also open up a lot more marketing opportunities, making the car…"
"If North America remains a market that is halfheartedly supplied with a single milquetoast model dumbed down from the European versions, that would be a shame. This is what sank all the French car manufacturers in North America.
Yes, my smart makes me smile every day. Our friend Sabine, in Hambach, got a story on my smart and my wifes smart complete with pictures in the smartville news letter last month. They liked the picture of my 2 dogs in the back of my smartie.