With all the new product announcements Mercedes-Benz seems to be spewing lately, you might think that Daimler has put smart development on the back burner. But far from doing so, the smart division has reportedly been working with Renault to share the replacement Twingo platform. This will result in a new ForTwo that will be launched in 2014. And just as interesting, there seem to be plans to develop a new smart model based on the new platform. This will be called the ForFour and, no surprise, will be a four-seater. But instead of just being a stretched ForTwo which we have come to know as a front-engine, front-drive car, the ForFour will be a rear-engined, rear-drive model.
In the meantime, an upgrade to the batteries of the current electric smart is expected in 2012. By next year, expect the electric variant of this diminutive automobile to be powered by lithium ion batteries made by Deutsche Accumotive GmbH. This company is a joint venture between Evonik Industries and Daimler.