Mercedes not working on A1 rival, Aston Martin tie-up not ruled out

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New Smart lineup arriving early 2014

In an interview with Auto Express in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz's CEO said the company isn't working on a smaller car.

Dieter Zetsche mentioned that in the near future Mercedes won't develop an Audi A1 rival because in the supermini segment profits are low and building such a car requires large volumes. Filling this gap will be a new generation of the Smart lineup which will debut at the beginning of next year and is being co-developed with Renault, despite the latest contradicting rumors.

What's more interesting is that Zetsche has not ruled out the possibility of a partnership with Aston Martin, a rumor that has been going on for a couple of months. He added that if there will be such a collaboration between the two it "would have to be on a special basis."

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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Honestly I still think Toyota would have been a better suitor for Aston Martin, both financially and tech-wise (My humble opinion though)
Jan 18th, 2013 5:38am
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autoficianado autoficianado
oh yeah I am delirious as the thought of a Lexus Martin...please Toyota fanboys NO, NO NO
Jan 19th, 2013 4:23am
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sensei sensei
Anyone who still thinks that MB is luxury car company, with it being 2013 in the age of the internet, is not even close to being a sophisticated thinker. MB is full line car maker.
Jan 18th, 2013 5:26am
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Roken Roken
Bank account! Prepare to send funds for custom AMG V12 based Vanquish!
Jan 17th, 2013 9:25pm
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wcfuser14308 wcfuser14308
= Ze Beauty and Ze Beast!
Jan 18th, 2013 12:50am
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
If all new Aston models are going to be raw as Vanquish is, then maybe AMG is the right choice.
Jan 19th, 2013 1:31am
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///AMG ///AMG
very good!
Jan 17th, 2013 8:14pm
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