Mercedes-Benz’s Smart arm is “an answer to a question that is more relevant now than when we started it”, according to Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche.
He revealed the new Fortwo and Forfour, co-developed alongside the next Renault Twingo, would be revealed this year, most likely at the Geneva motor show in March before going on sale a few months after.
“The development of major metropolitan areas and increasing traffic congestion makes Smart a good solution, even more so than the past,” said Zetsche. “The next-generation Smart will fulfil the needs of customers better and the addition of a four seater gives even greater potential.
“I’m happy with what I’m seeing. It took time to find the right partner and to get to where we are, but this year you’ll see if my positive feeling about Smart is warranted.”
Zetsche was open to further co-operation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan after a positive start to their tie-up over the past few years. “I seen more come out of this partnership than was expected,” he said.