FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz is set to join forces with Renault in a deal aimed at providing its underdeveloped Smart division with a new four-seat model.
The new Smart, due out in 2013, is planned to sit on a lightly modified version of the Renault Twingo's underpinnings.
A highly placed Mercedes-Benz official told Automotive News Europe sister publication AutoWeek: "It's a key component in plans to grow the Smart brand. We're looking to diverge into other potentially lucrative market segments, and not only in Europe but on a worldwide basis, including North America."
Smart had a four-door model called the ForFour but it was killed in 2006 after only two years because of low sales. A roadster model was also stopped to rein in Smart's losses.
The only Smart now is the tiny ForTwo, a two-seater.