Although sales have started strongly for the combined Renault-Smart project, both companies are looking at ways to increase the total annual output of this unique rear-engined platform.
According to the latest sales figures, Renault shifted just over 10,000 Twingos in February alone and Smart about 3700 each of its models.
This suggests that the Fortwo and Twingo - which are built together at Renault’s Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia - could achieve an annual combined production of more than 160,000 units.
However, the Smart-Twingo platform shares very little with any other car, in addition to the drivetrain being substantially unique. So an annual production run of 300,000 would probably be seen as ideal for the factory’s longer-term profitability.
Indeed, Mercedes announced last year that it wanted to see individual production lines under individual managers and has a target of building five different model variants on each production line.