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Guess Which Car Brand Is Not Predicted To Survive After 2016

We doubt there'll be any tears.

Let’s face it, the auto industry is ridiculously competitive. Customers have high expectations these days in terms of, well, everything. Safety, value, features – you name it. If a certain make or model can’t hack it, then it’s gone. That simple. According to USA Today and 24/7 Wall St, one carmaker in particular may not have a future post-2016, in the US at least. Which one could it be? That’d be Smart. Big surprise. According to the study, the Mercedes-Benz-owned brand has sold only 5,432 units in the US in the first nine months of this year.

That’s down 32.8% from that time last year. Heck, Maserati sold more cars than Smart – and the cheapest Maserati costs over $70,000. The typical Smart car goes for about $19k. Although they’re compact and fuel efficient, Smart cars are pretty expensive considering the competition. One example is the Nissan Versa. It has a base price of just $11,990 and over 110,000 examples were sold in the US so far in 2015. Thanks to significant decreases in US gas prices, forking over nearly $20k for a Smart car doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. And – let’s face it – Smart cars never caught on in the US the way Daimler-Benz hoped they would.

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