Daimler-owned Smart has announced that it plans to launch a 5-door hatchback specifically for the US market, sometime in the fourth quarter of next year. The B-Segment vehicle will be based on a Nissan model since Daimler and Renault-Nissan have formed an alliance recently.
“We are faced with continuing customer demand for a smart car with more seating capacity. Sales and service of the five seater will be carried out exclusively by our approximately 75 smart dealerships in the United States,” said Roger Penske, Chairman of the Penske Automotive Group. Penske is the official dealer of Smart in the US.
“Together with Nissan, we will bring to market a fully equipped small car for our customers and dealers in the USA. It will fit in well with the smart brand,” he added. Along with the announcement Smart also released two design sketches of the new 5-door fuel-efficient model. Something tells us that the new Smart model will be a remodeled Nissan Micra or March.
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