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Report: Smart Won't Build a Crossover or Roadster Anytime Soon

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/11/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Despite recent clues that Smart would introduce a crossover to its lineup, CEO Annette Winkler denied such a possibility for the near future. And plans for a new roadster seem even less likely.

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"We are not planning an SUV. But never say never," Winkler said at the Automotive News Europe Congress in England this week. When asked whether the brand would bring back a roadster, she said "certainly not" since the segment is too small to turn a good profit.

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Smart stopped producing its two-door sports car in 2005. A year later, the company abandoned plans for a crossover that would have been named "Formore." But it looked like Smart was revisiting the idea of a utility vehicle as recently as this April. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Smart's parent company Daimler, said at the Shanghai auto show that Smart would consider a crossover if the brand were to expand its vehicle offerings.

For now, Smart is focusing on its newly updated portfolio, which includes the Fortwo and Forfour. Thanks to its efforts, Smart's global sales were up 29 percent this year through May, reaching 50,835 units. Daimler says that its volume should grow significantly this year, thanks to the addition of new features such as an optional Twinamic six-speed dual-clutch transmission that promises improved shifting. And that's not to mention that the updated Fortwo hasn't completely rolled out to every market yet. The model reaches China in August and smart fortwo to Arrive in U.S. Showrooms This Fall" target="_blank">the U.S. this fall.

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