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Smart has confirmed it is making a 'super-compact' electric SUV
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22nd Dec 2020
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Smart has confirmed it is making a 'super-compact' electric SUV

Smart, the automotive brand best known for its pint-sized, subcompact cars, has confirmed it is developing an electric SUV that will be small on the outside, but big on the inside. According to a LinkedIn post from the brand's Vice President of Sales, Marketing & After-Sales, Daniel Lescow, Smart's first SUV "won't just be any SUV". "It will be exceptional – instantly recognizable as smart, ultra-modern, sophisticated and advanced in connectivity solutions," Mr Lescow said.
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Susannah Guthrie
Dieselgate: Fallout from emissions saga continues
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26th Sep 2020
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Dieselgate: Fallout from emissions saga continues

Eight more Volkswagen employees have been charged by German prosecutors for their alleged roles in the 'Dieselgate' saga. German authorities have continued their scrutiny of car manufacturers ever since Volkswagen was found to have used software to cheat diesel emissions laws back in 2015. The eight employees were charged with fraud, false certification, and other violations related to emissions laws, news agency Reuters reports.
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Ben Zachariah
Mercedes-Benz pays $4.15 billion in settlements to US authorities, diesel owners
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19th Aug 2020
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Mercedes-Benz pays $4.15 billion in settlements to US authorities, diesel owners

The parent company of Mercedes-Benz has agreed to settle an investigation and lawsuit into diesel emissions cheat software in the US. An announcement by Daimler – owner of Mercedes-Benz – outlined the settlements to US authorities and those included in the civil lawsuit, totalling almost US$3 billion (AU$4.15B).
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Ben Zachariah
Daimler to cut 1100 employees, $1.6 billion in costs by 2022 – report
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15th Nov 2019
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Daimler to cut 1100 employees, $1.6 billion in costs by 2022 – report

Electric vehicle development is expensive business and even juggernaut Daimler AG is being forced to rein in costs as it grapples with developing a fleet of EVs and meeting emissions regulations.
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William Stopford
Smart Final Collector's Edition revealed
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15th May 2019
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Smart Final Collector's Edition revealed

Smart has revealed the Final Collector's Edition based on its ForTwo city car, marking the last run of combustion-powered vehicles for the micro car specialist before it switches to full e-mobility. Just 21 examples of these special editions will be produced, developed in collaboration with industrial designer, Konstantin Grcic. The Final Collector's Edition commemorates 21 years of the Smart brand, the 21-vehicle final production run, and "21 years always a step ahead".
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James Wong