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2020 Smart EQ Fortwo, Forfour revealed
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6th Sep 2019
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2020 Smart EQ Fortwo, Forfour revealed

Daimler has revealed the Smart EQ family, including the Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour, ahead of their public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next week. The German group's city car division is embracing its all-electric future, with the entire range relying solely on battery power.
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James Wong
EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology
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5th Apr 2019
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EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology

According to an investigation by the EU's anti-trust regulator, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen worked together between 2006 and 2014 to stymie competition in developing emissions cleaning technology. The so-called "circle of five", which included engineers from Audi and Porsche, are said to have "coordinated their AdBlue dosing strategies, AdBlue tank size and refill ranges ... with the common understanding that they thereby limited AdBlue-consumption and exhaust gas cleaning effectiveness".
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Derek Fung
Smart's future to be decided before the end of 2019 - report
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25th Mar 2019
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Smart's future to be decided before the end of 2019 - report

A report from Handelsblatt states Daimler, owner of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart marques, will decide the fate of the city car brand by the end of the year. The decisive moves will take place from May onwards, when Ola Kallenius, currently Daimler's head of research and development, takes over from Dieter Zetsche. While Zetsche has proven to be a keen and patient supporter of Smart, it looks possible Kallenius could pull the plug.
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Derek Fung
Smart factory upgraded to produce Mercedes-Benz electric cars
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21st May 2018
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Smart factory upgraded to produce Mercedes-Benz electric cars

Mercedes-Benz will invest €500 million ($786 million) upgrading its Smart factory to produce a new "compact EQ model". Although the company hasn't officially announced it, it's likely this car will be the production version of the EQA Concept. Unveiled in September 2017, the EQA Concept has 200kW of combined power on tap from two electric motors — one for each axle. Range is said to about 400 kilometres.
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Derek Fung
Geely chairman becomes largest Daimler stakeholder
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25th Feb 2018
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Geely chairman becomes largest Daimler stakeholder

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, has confirmed Li Shufu, founder and chairman of Geely, has aquired a 9.69 per cent stake in the German van, truck and luxury car maker. According to The Detroit News and other outlets, Li's stake in the German company cost around €7.3 billion ($11.5 billion). Li's 103 million shares make him the largest single shareholder in Daimler, ahead of Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, which controls around 6.8 per cent of the company.
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Derek Fung