Smart USA has confirmed it will have a new car in its showrooms starting in late 2011--and that the new car will be sourced from Nissan.
As a part of a wide-ranging cooperation forged earlier this year between Nissan-Renault and Daimler, the companies will share technology and development costs for some vehicle systems. In this case, Nissan will provide an entire vehicle to Smart.
Smart USA clarifies that, "This is a separate MOU between smart USA (Penske Automotive Group) and Nissan. Daimler is not involved in the manufacture, engineering or design of this vehicle, but they support our decision."
The vehicle likely is a version of the new Nissan Micra, which emerges next year in other world markets. Smart only confirms that it will be a five-door, gasoline-powered, B-segment vehicle.
The smart USA Web site says the new car will be a logical extension of the brand and its existing smart fortwo. "Building on the brand’s commitment to minimal environmental impact, the sporty, fuel-efficient 5-seater will feature all the key attributes you’d expect from a smart while providing additional interior roominess and functionality."
According to smart USA President Jill Lajdziak,“The new vehicle will expand smart USA’s product lineup, offering five-seat capacity while maintaining the core principles of efficiency and conservation.”
Retail sales begin in the fourth quarter of next year.
smart USA is excited to announce a new addition to the smart family of vehicles coming in fall 2011.