smart USA has just announced it will release a smart five door only for the local market. The car maker is hoping to fill a gap that exists in its small car segment.
The car does look like a Nissan Micra because it is thoroughly based on the small Nissan. Official specifications are yet to be released, all smart has said is that it will have five seats and five doors.
smart wants to tap into the small car segment with a slightly larger car than its smart forfour, whilst showcasing typical 'smart' technologies and personality. smart USA, a company of the Penske Automotive Group, released a press release outlining the company's hopes.
Chairman of the Penske Automotive Group, Roger Penske, was quoted as revealing,
"We are faced with continuing customer demand for a smart car with more seating capacity. 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.
"Sales and service of the five seater will be carried out exclusively by our approximately 75 smart dealerships in the United States. ”
The new car, possibly called the smart forfive, is scheduled to hit the showroom floors in the next 15 months.