Surprise, surprise: DaimlerChrysler has delayed a decision on whether to sell Smart ForTwo cars in the United States until next year.
A decision had been expected by year end -- this after an earlier deadline in April passed. But the automaker is still reviewing Smart's sales and marketing operations, a spokesman said.
One year ago, Smart abruptly pulled a concept of the FourMore crossover from the Detroit auto show and put the project on hold, then killed it in April.
Whether the money-losing brand will sell its microcars in the United States has been a simmering question. Outgoing DaimerChrysler CEO Juergen Schrempp even suggested in March that the brand might be dropped.
But the Smart-for-the-United-States campaign was revived with the return of former Chrysler group CEO Dieter Zetsche as Schrempp's replacement and head of the Mercedes car group, which includes Smart.