DaimlerChrysler's Smart brand is not coming to the United States.
"For the time being, we are not going forward with the Smart project in the U.S.," said a Mercedes-Benz USA LLC spokeswoman.
The decision followed DaimlerChrysler's announcement in Stuttgart last week that it had killed the Smart ForMore SUV.
The ForMore was to have been the first Smart model sold in the United States.
DaimlerChrysler also said its Smart division would undergo a $1.55 billion restructuring.
The company said in a statement that the plan "calls for the intensified development of the successor to the Smart ForTwo, including fulfilling the requirements for the U.S. market."
But the U.S. spokeswoman says there are no plans to bring the tiny two-seater here.
"At this point we are putting everything on hold," the spokeswoman said. "There has been work done on the Smart project and where it would fit in. We have all that intelligence. We will hold onto it."
The Smart brand was to have been a separate franchise with up to 80 dealers. The brand was to be launched in the United States with the ForMore in September 2006. Additional products, including the second-generation ForTwo cars, were to have come in 2007 and 2008.
Mercedes-Benz USA's small Smart team in the United States already is being disassembled.
"With the ForMore freeze, they have been working on other assignments, and we will announce where they are officially," the spokeswoman said. "They are mostly M-B USA employees."
Smart's top U.S. executive, David Schrembri, left in March to take over sales and marketing at Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Mercedes-Benz notified dealers about the decision on Friday, April 1. Since no Smart dealers had been selected, the announcement was expected to have little impact on the network, the spokeswoman said.
"Dealers are launching the M class this week and have the R, S and G class coming," she said. "Their sights, the priorities for this organization, are on the next two years."
This year, Mercedes-Benz killed plans to import its small B-class car to the United States because of currency concerns. The B class is based on the A-class subcompact sold in Europe.
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