smart USA Teaming With Nissan to Build B-Segment Car
smart USA announced in Detroit that they intend on launching a five-door car on the US market within the next 15 months
by Chris Danielson | 06 October 2010
Just announced by smart USA in Detroit Wednesday, smart USA intends to launch a five-door car on the US market within the next 15 months.
The B-segment five-door car is to be sold solely in the United States and is based on vehicle architecture from Nissan. This will allow the demand of US smart customers and dealers for a larger but smart-typical car to be fulfilled very soon.
“We are faced with continuing customer demand for a smart car with more seating capacity,” explained Roger Penske, Chairman of the Penske Automotive Group. “Sales and service of the five seater will be carried out exclusively by our approximately 75 smart dealerships in the United States. 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.”
Further details of the product and its distribution will be announced at a later date.
smart USA, a company of the Penske Automotive Group, opened up the micro-car segment in the United States with the launch of the smart fortwo in 2008, and recently created great interest with the announcement of the smart fortwo electric drive.