Not so Smart

SOME prominent models have been disappearing from our Showroom section in recent months, including Hyundai’s i20, Holden’s Volt and Honda’s COTY-winning CR-Z.

Early in the new year, Smart's ForTwo microcar was laid to rest in Australia following a decision not to introduce the next-gen model, or its ForFour relative. When the Smart brand launched here in 2003, it was claimed to be “ideally suited to the growing number of innercity dwellers”, with plans to sell 1000 cars annually. The peak was 799 in 2005 (ForTwo and ForFour combined), thanks mainly to premium pricing.