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Daimler, Renault to Cooperate on 4-Door Smart?

Expanded line-up much-needed, says source.

by on Sep.09, 2009

Could an extra pair of doors and a back seat expand the appeal of Smart's cars, the fortwo model shown here with CEO Dave Schembri?

Could an extra pair of doors and a back seat expand the appeal of Smart's cars, the fortwo model shown here with CEO Dave Schembri?

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.

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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.

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