The company that has the smart fortwo rolling around city streets across America has announced that it and Nissan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding through which B-segment cars would be provided to it by Nissan Motor Co. And while B-segment cars are still small compared to say, oh, F-150s and Suburbans, they are still somewhat gargantuan compared with the fortwo, which you could probably put in the box of a full-size pickup.
The new cars will have a five-seat capacity and gasoline engines.
smart USA is part of Penske Automotive Group. The president of smart USA is Jill Lajdziak, who had been running General Motors’ Saturn division prior to the economic disaster. As you may recall, Roger Penske, group chairman of aforementioned automotive group, had looked at acquiring Saturn from GM, which, obviously didn’t work out. And if you think back to those not-so-halcyon days, there was the idea raised that Nissan and GM might in some way, shape or form combine.
In a small way, seems like all of the players are still in the game. Which is smart.