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Additionally, managers at Smart are considering a new model with more seats than the current ForTwo. Smart’s COO Rainer Schmückle hinted at the possibility of expanding the lineup back in January, and it appears that those statements were not just in passing, with several company sources mentioning a new model is under consideration, reports Auto Motor und Sport.
The insiders revealed that the new model would likely be a four-seater, and would arrive together with the introduction of the next-generation ForTwo in 2012.
Smart's resurgence in popularity has been fueled by the growing trend towards smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles, especially in the U.S., where soaring demand has caused the official distributor, Penske Automotive Group, to revise its 2008 sales forecast upwards. Penske now expects to sell between 24,000 and 27,500 ForTwos by the end of the year, up from 20,000 predicted original, and believes that up to 32,000 sales could be made next year if enough vehicles are supplied for the hungry U.S. market.