Smart only drives electrically and comes from China, with a new model family

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Smart only drives electrically and comes from China, with a new model family-electrically

smart will stop selling its own vehicles in the USA and Canada after the 2019 model year. This decision was justified with the declining small car market in the US and Canada, regardless of the brand’s drive concept, which has been purely electrical since 2017 in the local markets. Instead, one will focus on its growth markets, which is above all in China.

China as the future core market for smart

The decision on the future of smart was made back in March of this year. And this future lies in China from now on. To this end, Daimler is selling 50% of its stake to the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) in order to jointly establish a globally oriented 50:50 joint venture. The aim is to further develop smart, the pioneer of urban mobility, as the leading brand for electromobility.

smart will say goodbye to Hambach step by step in order to make room there for a compact-class electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. Until the market launch of the new models from 2022, Daimler will continue to produce the current generation of smart vehicles at the Hambach site in France (smart EQ fortwo) and at the Novo Mesto site in Slovenia (smart EQ forfour).

From 2022 it is scheduled that the E-Smarts will run in a new, specially built electric autofact in China from the tape. In the same year, global sales are to start from China.

The new smart model family – completely redesigned

While Daimler takes care of the phase-out in Europe, cooperation partner Geely devotes itself to the development and production of the new generation. The new design comes from Sindelfingen, where you don’t start from scratch. Inspiration should be provided by countless models and designs that have already had an impact on the studies of the past few years.

One could therefore assume that the new smart will bear a resemblance to concept models such as the Forease or smart vision EQ fortwo. When you think of China, then also in the direction of autonomous smarts. Key word: smart vision EQ fortwo. Certainly not only interesting for private customers, but in China especially for driving services such as Didi Chuxing, Uber, Lyft or Grab.

Furthermore, Geely probably plans to bring a completely new smart family to the street. This should consist of two and four-door and a well-placed crossover, which could be called Smart For All. Manufactured in China, as e-models with German premium standards.

Geely CEO Li Shufu told Focus: “We will contribute our experience and global expertise in brand management, research and development, production, supplier management and other areas.”

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