March 27, 2006

New Smart Fortwo to be launched in 2007; Forfour cancelled

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will focus on its Smart Fortwo to ensure the long-term sustainability of the brand, with a new version of the two-seater microcar to be launched in 2007. The company says that its planned measures are expected to produce positive results from 2007 onward; the brand has yet to turn a profit for the automaker.

Among the planned measures are cancellation of the Smart Forfour four-passenger model, subject to negotiations with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and other partners; the manifestation of Smart, especially the Fortwo, as a long-term and important part of DaimlerChrysler’s product portfolio; and the complete integration of Smart into the Mercedes organization.

Overall, the measures are likely to result in a loss of 300 employees at the company’s B

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