Daimler to decide on compact car partner next year, still talking to Renault

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According to a report by German daily Handelsbatt, Daimler AG is talking to Renault SA and other potential partners to forge a partnership for compact cars by mid-2010.

“But it could certainly also go faster than that,” Dieter Zetsche told the publication.

Daimler has been previously reported to be in talks with Renault on a new small car platform. Renault also named Daimler as a potential partner earlier this month. The German company is seeking a partnership that will help it expand its Smart brand and jointly produce engines for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

– By: Omar Rana

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