Since 2020, the Smart brand is owned by a 50-50% joint venture between Geely and Mercedes-Benz. The Germans are responsible for the design and the Chinese for development and production. The SUV will be based on Geely’s SEA EV platform. This modular platform will eventually underpin a wide range of compact electric vehicles under various Geely-owned brands, including Geely, Geometry, Lotus, Lynk & Co, Volvo, and Zeekr.
The ‘new’ Smart brand is primarily aimed at BMW’s Mini brand. All Smart cars will be electric, and all of them will be made in China. From China, most models will be exported to markets elsewhere, but some models will be China-only.
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