The French-based automaker, Smart, could be in for a much-needed expansion of its line-up, industry sources report, with the maker’s parent, Daimler AG now in talks with the French carmaker, Renault.
Initial reports out of Europe, quoting a source close to the negotiations, suggest that the partnership would likely result in the addition of a 4-door minicar to the current Smart line-up. Right now, the Daimler subsidiary only produces variations of the two-door fortwo model.
Smart has struggled for years to come up with a winning formula, despite the steady growth in the global small car market. The company was originally conceived as a partnership between what was then Daimler-Benz and Swatch, though the Swiss-based watch company dropped out before production began on the original version of the fortwo.