According to Manager Magazine from Germany, Mercedes has approached Renault to cooperate in the development of a new small car. Although the conversations have just started, the rumor is that smart would work on a four-seat car with Renault. This would be smart's second attempt to develop such a model, after the huge fiasco now-dead forfour (pictured). That model, shown above, was codeveloped with Mitsubishi and shared its underpinnings with the Colt. Rumors of a new version of the forfour are not new, but the German magazine says that Daimler's strategy relies on selling more sub-compact premium cars. Developing the new A and B Class models can be pursued in-house, but smart apparently needs a partner.

[Source: Manager Magazine / Le Blog Auto]