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 up 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