When you think of small, eco-friendly cars, the first one that probably comes to mind is a Smart car. These tiny, yet mighty vehicles have been around for decades, becoming popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. Keep reading to learn about their history, what models are still available, and more.

Smart Sales

Smart has had an interesting history when it comes to its sales. Focusing first on European sales, the company had a gradual increase when the cars were first introduced. The chart below depicts European sales for the company from 1998 to 2021, according to statistics compiled by CarSalesBase. However, a steady decline happened from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, however, sales increased dramatically – resembling numbers that had not been seen since prior to the global economic crisis. Another sharp decline was seen in 2020, most likely due to the pandemic. However, as of 2021, sales are on the rise again. Despite the tumultuous sales history, Smart cars seem to be as popular as ever amongst Europeans.

Smart sales

American sales did not fare as well, unfortunately. The chart to the left represents sales from 2008 to 2020. Although sales started out strong in 2008, by 2010, they had depleted. Despite a rise between 2012 and 2014, they could never regain popularity, especially when other manufacturers competed so strongly. As of 2019, the company stopped all retail sales of Smart cars in the U.S.

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Geographic Popularity

Originally the brainchild of a Swiss watch-making company, the first factory for Smart was in Germany. After several transfers of ownership, the company’s headquarters is now located in Ningbo, China. They are currently owned by Geely, a Chinese automotive company.

Smart cars are available for purchase across the world, including in Europe and Asia. They can also be found in Mexico. They are no longer available in North America, Australia, along with other independent countries. Despite this, people who own Smart Cars (at least in the United States and Canada) can access routine maintenance care at certain Mercedes-Benz dealerships and other dealerships that sell European cars. Available in most states in the U.S. and territories in Canada, this is an attempt by Smart to continue taking care of their customers across the world – even though they aren’t releasing new models.

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Smart We Recently Purchased

Year Make Model Trim Mileage Start & Drive? Any Damage or Issues? City State Purchase Price Purchase Date
2013 Smart Fortwo Base 87,340 No, it starts but doesn't drive Front End Damage Arcadia FL $633 12/30/2023
2008 Smart Fortwo Base 150,000 No, it starts but doesn't drive Mechanical Problems Cabazon CA $460 12/17/2023
2008 Smart Fortwo PASSION 107,000 No, it doesn't start Mechanical Problems Arlington TX $359 12/15/2023
2017 Smart Fortwo Base 50,264 Yes, it starts and drives Mechanical Problems LAS VEGAS NV $2,300 12/10/2023
2009 Smart Fortwo PURE 90,000 No, it doesn't start Mechanical Problems BERWYN PA $426 11/24/2023
2008 Smart Fortwo Base 195,000 No, it starts but doesn't drive Mechanical Problems Rio Linda CA $460 11/23/2023
2013 Smart Fortwo PURE 42,000 No, it starts but doesn't drive Mechanical Problems Chelsea MA $726 11/22/2023