car manufacturer, Daimler intends to build the vehicles of its Smart brand in China in future. The next Generation of the small car will be produced in a newly built factory and come 2022 on the market, said Daimler. The new models of the small car to drive purely electrically and Smart to the “leading brand for electric mobility”.

The information that the group wants to start up the end of the year a Joint Venture with its major Chinese shareholder Geely, the two companies each hold half of the shares. The decision should not be affected, according to Daimler initially, but the current production locations: Until the introduction of the new models will be produced in Hambach, France the Smart EQ, and in the Slovenian city of Novo Mesto, the Smart EQ forfour.

in Parallel, the factory in Hambach to apply, according to the company, an “additional new role in the production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars”. Instead of the Smart will be in the future an electric vehicle in the compact class produced. For this, the company is investing 500 million euros in the plant.

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Daimler is currently in the process of the small car in the world entirely on electric drive. Last year, sales of the Smart decreased by 4.6 percent to around 130,000 vehicles. At the Start of the brand before 20 years, was once the target of 200,000 issued – so many cars a year could be in Hambach made.

The Chinese car maker Geely, Volvo, was the beginning of 2018 with 9.7 percent at Daimler entered. In October, both sides agreed on the cooperation with travel agencies in the luxury segment in China. Also, the two companies set up companies in a community.