• Dec 30th 2009 at 5:58PM
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Despite rumors of Daimler and Renault collaborating on a four-door Smart model, no official tie-up between the two companies has been announced. That could change next year when Daimler will reportedly decide who its small-car partner will be. Daimler is getting even more heavily into the development of small cars, both with its Smart brand and the Mercedes-Benz A- and B Class offerings that might one day make it to America.

Renault is planning a line of ultra-cheap small cars and is putting together a range of electric vehicles that will certainly feature new, small platforms. Like Daimler, the French automaker is talking to other companies about joining forces to save money on developing small cars, so a Daimler-Renault alliance isn't a fait accompli. According to Automotive News, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says the company will announce its chosen partner by the middle of 2010.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Black widow automaker strikes again. Warning - keep your change pockets closed!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see Dr Z hasn't got any smarter. M-B sitting on the sidelines trying to pick dance partners for another half a year isn't decision making at it's finest. Especially with the small car market heating up this year. The Smart is old and tired. They need to get serious about replacing it and their other small vehicles. If he doesn't have any good news he should have kept his mouth shut. Blabbing to the press about how they are looking for a new small car partner and are going to make a decision in 6 months just makes their existing small cars look even more like lame ducks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well they've already burned their bridge with Mitsubishi. Suzuki looks to be getting in bed with VW and Daihatsu is practically a subsidiary of Toyota. So who's left?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Daimler's reputation with other manufacturers - see chrysler, mitsubishi, freightliner, white, is so tarnished that anyone who would contemplate teaming up with them is seriously delusional.
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