• Apr 8th 2010 at 1:33PM
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Daimler chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche admitted yesterday that his company's Smart brand was in trouble without a small car partner. Luckily, that's just what he got in the Nissan-Renault announcement. Now that Smart's future is protected, speculation is turning to the revived Smart Forfour (previous generation pictured), which we've heard about for years. Zetsche has told Automotive News that a four-seat Smart will likely be sold in the U.S. once the new triangular partnership develops it. Zetsche said a final decision has not yet been made on where the new car will be sold, but did say that there is no talk of using Nissan dealers in the U.S. to sell Smarts. Penske will remain the sole distributor of Smart vehicles here.

The Forfour (or whatever it's called) will be developed alongside the next-gen Fortwo and the next Renault Twingo. As we wrote yesterday, all of these models will be developed with gas, diesel and electric drive variants in mind.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am interested in the diesel, ONLY!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can they at least knock the ugly off first? That car has none of the cuteness of the Fortwo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like twice the car (not saying much). I hope it's not twice the price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I found it kind of weird that the Smart fortwo was sold in Mercedes dealerships here in Canada. I was really looking forward to the talk at one point that they had a small CUV coming and I hope there is still one on its way. Oh and bring back the diesel models!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Swatch-Mercedes Art Car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The old Smartfourfour was a Mitsubishi as I remember - the new will be a Twingo? What a difference?
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM is ahead of disclosing tech specs. This is ok since they are state owned and ow us some openness how they burn money. Renault as I know is another state owned company and you seldom see any mules nor prototypes, despite some for the auto makers debt financing politicians. It is now time that the French come along with some serious news- and don't tell us you will have badge engineering using the Nissan leaf as electric Megane or other.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the twingo isn't so bad - but what smart really needs is a variety of models: an SUV, a sports car, a retro-mobile, a small lorry, a miniature espace van - in other words, a complete line-up of vehicles
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