STUTTGART (Dow Jones) – The new generation of Smart small car is in the course of the planned alliance with Daimler French manufacturers Renault apparently only come in four years, which, according to an association spokesperson for many smart dealer but may be too late. (Reuters photo:)
As the trade newspaper Automotive Week reported without naming sources, will enable the two automakers until the year 2014, a jointly developed successor to the Smart Fortwo to the market.
The two car makers want the claims to the Rear-wheel drive module of the current two-seater car use to the fact Next generation and on this basis to derive the same time new to develop four-seater Smart and Renault. The four-seat model should be introduced in 2013, says the preliminary report of Weekend. At Renault, was no one on Easter Monday for a comment available, a spokesman for Daimler declined to Dow Jones Newswires an opinion.
The proposed alliance with Renault, Daimler could for many European Smart dealers are too late, warned Ulrich Fromme, spokesman the German and European Smart dealers and Vice President of German Central Association for Motor Trades and Repairs (ZDK), in the Trade newspaper. "The dealer network in Europe in its current form on their own but can not exist four years more. "The Brand urgently need a replacement for the two-seat Fortwo. "It must, however, a radically new model act," said Fromme.
In principle, welcome the Smart dealer cooperation. "We We hope through the competitive economies of scale especially Vehicle prices, "said Fromme. The extension of the model range procure dealers new opportunities. Within the cooperation the two want Partners will also jointly engines and also in light Commercial vehicles together. The plan was also a Cross-ownership of around 3%.
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