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Daimler Talking with Renault on Help with smart

Decision due in during first half of this year for small car linkup.

by on Jan.12, 2010

Not much small car expertise at Daimler since Mitsubishi's departure.

Daimler AG chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche said that the German automaker is holding talks with the French automaker Renault about collaborating on some future products and hoped to wrap up the discussions during the first half of 2010.

“We are in discussions with Renault about some cooperation,” he said. “The discussions are very straightforward,” he said.

Zetsche, however, declined to say whether the discussions centered specifically on enlisting Renault’s help to renew or expand the smart brand’s current lineup, which is now built around one model that first appeared in 1998.

However, earlier during the roundtable discussion with reporters, Zetsche said he had also acknowledged that Daimler was looking for a partner to help with smart.