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Volvo and Mercedes-Benz considering joint engine development - report
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6th Jan 2020
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Volvo and Mercedes-Benz considering joint engine development - report

It's possible, one day in the not-too-distant future, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo cars will be sold with common petrol engines. According to a report in Automobilwoche (via Reuters), Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, and Geely, which owns Volvo, could soon jointly develop internal combustion engines and, possibly, electric drivetrains too.
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Derek Fung
Smart to exit the US
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29th Apr 2019
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Smart to exit the US

Daimler has confirmed Smart will leave the US and Canadian markets by the end of the 2019, but the automaker will continue to provide support for existing cars through its Mercedes-Benz dealership network. The German automaker told TechCrunch, "After much careful consideration, Smart will discontinue its battery-electric Smart EQ ForTwo model in the US and Canadian markets at the conclusion of MY2019".
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Derek Fung
Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report
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27th Mar 2019
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Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report

Three sources have told The Financial Times Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, is close to selling a 50 per cent stake in the Smart brand to Chinese automaker Geely. A deal could be announced as soon as the Shanghai motor show, which takes place in the middle of April. If the sale goes ahead, it would fit both Smart's future vision for itself and Geely's acquisitive streak.
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Derek Fung
Daimler appoints R&D chief as new CEO
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26th Sep 2018
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Daimler appoints R&D chief as new CEO

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Derek Fung
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26th Sep 2018
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Daimler appoints R&D chief as new CEO

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Derek Fung
Smart: Through the generations
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28th Jun 2018
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Smart: Through the generations

Smart has officially been around for 20 years. The city-car maker burst onto the scene in July 1998, with a two-seater (the inventively named ForTwo) measuring just over 2.5m long. More than 2.2 million examples have been sold since then, across 46 markets around the world. Australia was one of them, but the little Smart didn't really fit into our big-car-centric culture, and so the brand was withdrawn from the market in 2015.
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Scott Collie
Smart EQ electric cars revealed
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5th Mar 2018
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Smart EQ electric cars revealed

Mercedes-Benz’s Smart subsidiary has released the first series production cars in the group’s electrified EQ sub-brand. The Smart EQ fortwo and forfour models premiered this week the night before the Geneva motor show, headlined by special ‘nightsky’ edition models, in black and blue. Clearly tiny city cars are an ideal candidate to be electrified, with range limitations rarely an issue and global megacities becoming more and more equipped with charging sites.
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Mike Costello