FRANKFURT Feb 13 Daimler will stop
selling cars under the Smart brand with combustion engines to
focus on electric cars, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported,
citing a letter that Mercedes-Benz USA sent to dealerships.
Dietmar Exler, head of Mercedes-Benz USA, said in his letter
that the sale of Smart cars with combustion engines would stop
in September, the paper reported in its Tuesday edition.
It added that the carmaker would sell battery-powered
versions of its Fortwo and Fortwo convertible models.
Daimler was not immediately available for comment.
Mercedes-Benz USA sold 6,211 Smart cars last year, compared
with global sales of Smart branded vehicles of 144,479.
Daimler's group deliveries, including its premium Mercedes
brand, stood at 2.1 million in 2016.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Additional reporting by Edward
Taylor; Editing by Tom Heneghan)