Detroit, Michigan – Smart USA intends to launch a four-door hatchback on the U.S. market within the next 15 months. The company made the announcement in Detroit yesterday.

The B-segment hatchback is to be sold solely in the United States, and is based on vehicle architecture from Nissan. The company said this will allow quick response to customer and dealer demands for a larger but Smart-typical car.

“We are faced with continuing customer demand for a Smart car with more seating capacity,” said Roger Penske, chairman of the Penske Automotive Group, which retails Smart in the U.S. “Sales and service of the five-seater will be carried out exclusively by our approximately 75 Smart dealerships in the United States. Together with Nissan, we will bring to market a fully-equipped small car for our customers and dealers in the U.S.Aa. It will fit in well with the Smart brand.”

The company said that further product details will be announced at a later date.

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