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Daimler-Renault alliance to delay new Smart and Twingo models, report says

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Renault SA and Daimler AG, who are sharing technology to build the new Smart ForTwo and Renault Twingo cars, will delay the introduction of the models by a year, according to a French newspaper.

The cars will now come to market in 2014 instead of 2013, La Tribune said, citing industry sources.

The next ForTwo and the third-generation Twingo will be built on Renault's A platform, with ForTwo production continuing at Smart's plant in Hambach, France, and Twingo output at Renault's Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia.

The two companies are discussing the possibility of Renault building a four-seat Smart at Novo Mesto.

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand also plans to sell a small van built on a Renault Kangoo platform starting late next year. The van will be built at Renault's Maubeuge, France, plant.

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche signed a strategic alliance in April 2010 to share technology to cut development and production costs.

By David Jolley- Automotive News Europe