smart USA plans to launch
Detroit/Stuttgart - smart USA
intends to launch a five-door car on the US market within the
next 15 months. This was announced by smart USA in Detroit
today. 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.
(Oct 06, 2010)