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Smart could build new Forfour

  • Previous car axed after less than two years
  • Likely to reappear with tie-in
  • Not before 2014, though
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Smart's short-lived Forfour supermini could be reborn thanks to the tie-in between parent company Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan.

Collaboration between the companies was announced in April, with the 2012 replacement Fortwo city car likely to be the first of the joint-venture products.

This computer-generated image, however, shows what the Forfour could look like when it arrives a couple of years later.

It's shaped more like a Mercedes A-Class than the previous version of the car, which was based on Mitsubishi Colt and built by the Japanese manufacturer.

Earlier computer images showed the Forfour with rear-hinged rear doors, such as on the new Vauxhall Meriva, although it's now thought a more straightforward approach will be taken.

By tapping into the electric know-how of Renault-Nissan, the Forfour could also be offered as a battery-powered car to rival the BMW Megacity along with petrol, diesel and hybrid powerplants.

The previous version of the Forfour was launched in July 2004, but it was axed less than two years later in March 2006.