Length to height ratio: 1.7
Successful in Europe, where creativity in parking is encouraged, the diminutive smart has flopped in the U.S. Blame should be placed on its high price, poor fuel economy, and clunky transmission in addition to its peculiar proportions. Mercedes is working with Nissan to develop a presumably less-radical replacement.
The stories of these 10 brands that died prove nothing is permanent - especially in the auto industry.