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Planned Nissan-based Smart Four-door Scrapped

While there are a bunch of projects in the works that will showcase the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, it looks like the smart brand won’t have anything to do with the Japanese automobile manufacturer. According to a report by Automotive News, the smart/Nissan collaboration is off—meaning the two companies will scrap the planned four-door smart model based on a platform from Nissan. This news, coupled with the recent negotiations of Penske Automotive Group relinquishing distribution and marketing of the smart line in the United States to Mercedes-Benz USA, has some people thinking that we could be seeing the last of smart in America. Roger Penske, head of PAG, was… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz USA to Acquire smart Vehicle Distribution from Penske

Mercedes-Benz USA and Penske Automotive Group, the world’s second largest automotive dealer, are currently negotiating an agreement that would move the distribution, sales and marketing smart USA to MB USA. This agreement is expected to be completed by the time the second quarter of 2011 ends. The move is in line with the smart brand’s planned growth strategy, and it will also underscore MB USA’s commitment to providing vehicles that meet future fuel economy standards. This is also an offshoot of the brand’s reorganization that occurred last year. Smart is currently being managed as an independent company even though it is really a part of Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We are… Continue Reading »

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