Big news from smart USA: a five-door subcompact vehicle

Customers might want five doors, but the next SMART vehicle will still be small.
The new five-door car from Bloomfield-based smart USA should hit the US market within the next 15 months.

“We are faced with continuing customer demand for a smart car with more seating capacity,” said Roger Penske, chairman of the Penske Automotive Group.

“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 USA. It will fit in well with the smart brand.”

While sales of the two-seat smart mini car have slowed in 2010, the Penske Automotive Group says its still committed to the brand, which is owned by Daimler AG.

The B-segment five-door car is to be sold solely in the United States and is based on vehicle architecture from Nissan.

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