STUTTGART - The small SUV that will introduce the Smart brand to the United States in 2006 will be called the ForMore.
DaimlerChrysler AG announced the moniker - part of a plan to bring a logic to the names of Smart vehicles - last week as it released the first sketches and further details about its plans for its small-car brand.
The ForMore will be the fourth Smart model. It will have all-wheel drive and, presumably, be roomier than its front-wheel-drive sibling, the four-seat Smart ForFour.
DaimlerChrysler says it will refurbish its plant at Juiz de Fora, Brazil, northeast of Sao Paolo, to prepare for the ForMore.
Production of the Mercedes-Benz A class, now built at Juiz de Fora, will be cut back to make way for the Smart SUV.
For the most part, the plant will use European suppliers.
"We only have a small team of engineers," said Helmut Wawra, chief of engineering and design. "It is important that suppliers have research and engineering capability in Europe as well as a plant in South America."
The Juiz de Fora plant will be able to produce 60,000 Smarts a year.
The United States is expected to get half of ForMore production initially.
The ForMore will be introduced in the United States early in 2006 and in Europe later that year.
Wawra said DaimlerChrysler and partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are working on the SUV. It will be based on the Smart ForFour, a four-door car that debuts in Europe this year but is not scheduled for U.S. sale.
About 50 of the 322 U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealers will sell Smart vehicles.
The Smart City Coupe, introduced in Europe in 1998, did not meet U.S. standards and was not exported to the United States. Its successor, coming in about 2008, will be sold in the United States.