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New Roadster one of several new models Smart is considering after Mercedes/Renault tie-up
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23 July 2010

Mercedes’ recent tie-up with Renault is set to lead to the return of the Smart Roadster, along with further expansion of the brand.

A Smart source told Autocar that a new Roadster was just one of several future Smarts being discussed, as Mercedes plans to expand its city car brand by offering more models and greater economies of scale after gaining access to Renault’s small car platforms.

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“A new Roadster is one being discussed,” said our source. “The Renault merger could lead to several Smart spin-offs; Renault has small car expertise that we can benefit from.”

Our source said Smart hasn’t ruled out producing a larger model in the vein of the Mini Countryman, moving away from its city car roots.

“The Fortwo will always be the Smart core, but we’re looking into more products,” they said.

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At the time of the tie-up, Autocar uncovered plans for to Smart to launch a new Fortwo in 2012 using a rear-drive/rear-engine platform that will be lengthened for the Smart Forfour in 2014. The firm will also show a new electric scooter concept at the Paris motor show in September.

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Los Angeles 25 July 2010

Re: Smart Roadster set for return

Admired the theory behind the vehicle, read lost of good reviews, never driven one, but seen a few that don't wear well from daily use. Any owners out there care to add their enthusiasm or reservations?

If Smart should be doing anything surely its concentrating on creating one, two, and three seat (maximum) city vehicles, not competing with Fiat or Mini?

Mini1 25 July 2010

Re: Smart Roadster set for return

I'd love to see a new Roadster, always loved their quirkiness and simplicity. But what I don't quite understand is Smart suddenly wanting to expand again and "go further" than their city car roots. Last time this happened, they ended up cutting the range back to the Fortwo again - the Forfour, Roadster, and Formore (which was still in development) were all struck off. Which lead to Smart saying "we're focusing on the Fortwo". I've just got a feeling this could happen again. At the same time, I'd love to see them be a real success with more cars!

pl1988@yahoo.com 23 July 2010

Re: Smart Roadster set for return

AndyRAC wrote:
If done properly, and at a sensible price, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a success. There is a gap in the market for a small, two seater sportscar/roadster/coupe.

Both Mercedes and Renault could do with a car as good as the Miata / MX5

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