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Reports of a collaboration between Daimler and Renault on a new four-door model to join the Fortwo in Smart dealerships just won't die, leading us to believe there may be a ring of truth behind the rumors. The last time Daimler set out to partner on a more mainstream Smart, the resulting ForFour – which was based on borrowed underpinnings from Mitsubishi – never met sales expectations and was canceled after a few short years on the market.

Collaborating with Renault on the development of a four-door Smart should help shield Daimler from the high cost of developing a model-specific platform that's unlikely to sell in particularly high volumes. Further, the rumored new model would offer Smart buyers a new option to compete with the new Toyota iQ, which seats up to four occupants despite its diminutive dimensions.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The car pictured has been on sale in Europe for years and years. I have no idea why it is being passed off as new... It's not very popular, although I guess there is nothing really wrong with it.

      http://www.vcars.co.uk/used-cars/used-smart-forfour.php Here, just buy one second hand!

      In an age of international blogs could it be possible that someone is trying to sell the forfour as a new car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey buddy didn't you know that Americans are enamored with anything that ISN'T associated with an American company??? If you slapped a Toyota badge on a Chevy Chevette they'd sell like hot cakes - bethcha...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there any real advantage to the Smart aside from the fact that it can be parked perpendicular to curbs?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh lorde, black widow strikes again!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet! I'll be in the market for a small car about the time when it will be ready. They have some serious competition to contend with, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's just say Daimler has learned many "smart" lessons over the last few years. Let's hope those lessons were enough.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What an awful, awful vehicle. Miserable.

      It's sad when a reknowned automaker can't even compete with the efficiency of a Toyota Corolla EVEN after slicing the car in half. Pathetic. Diamler, get out of the game.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, no. Slice the "ForFour" in half and you get the "ForTwo", a car that cant compete with the efficiency of a Toyota Corolla. That's what's up.