If you want to buy a combustion-powered Smart car, this is your last chance.
Big changes are happening at Smart right now. After dismal sales, the German automaker recently announced it will be pulling out of the US and Canadian markets after the 2019 model year. This came as no surprise considering Smart only sold 1,246 units last year. Ouch.
In Europe, however, the company is about to embark on a new era, as Smart is ditching combustion engines to become an EV-only brand as of 2020. Smart says it will be "the first automotive manufacturer in the world to have uncompromisingly switched its entire portfolio over from combustion engines to electric drives.”
To commemorate the upcoming change, Smart is launching a collection of 21 special-edition models dubbed the "Final Collector's Edition”. These will be the last ever Smart cars to be powered by an internal combustion engine. If you’re wondering why Smart decided to limit production to 21 units, it marks 21 years since the first Smart model was launched. The collection of cars has been designed by renowned industrial designer Konstantin Grcic and developed in cooperation with Brabus. Production of the Smart Final Collector's Edition Smart will commence in August.
"#21 commemorates something special, celebrating 21 years of Smart,” Grcic explains. "For me, it also symbolizes much of what being 21 is about: being free, breaking boundaries, breaking out, showing your rebellious side. The Final Collector's Edition brings this essential idea to life as we take our leave of a piece of automotive history."
Smart hasn’t detailed what the collection will include, but photos show a convertible ForTwo model with a two-tone exterior finished in yellow and black with a matching interior. Grcic says the yellow color is based on the original "hello yellow” establishing the "association with Smart's origins that is so important to the edition.” Pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date. If you’ve been on the fence about buying a combustion-powered Smart car, this is your last chance.