Daimler-Benz AG engineers will help Micro Compact Car fix its problems with the Smart car.
The launch of the two-seater has been postponed from March until October.
Daimler, which owns 81 percent of Micro Compact Car, has found stability problems, poor quality, and production snags at the plant in Hambach, France. Earlier, Daimler was forced to delay its own A-class because of stability problems.
Juergen Hubbert, head of passenger cars at Daimler and member of the Micro Compact Car board, said Daimler-Benz product development head Helmut Petri and his team will assist Micro Compact Car.
'Perhaps the young team at MCC was too proud to ask us for help in the past,' said Hubbert. 'Maybe they wanted to prove that they could do it themselves. It was like a competition with the parent company.'
Hubbert he would have preferred to delay the announcement of the postponement, 'but the information would have been leaked. We decided to make it public ourselves to avoid speculation and a totally different drama than we have now.'