FRANKFURT — Mercedes-Benz head Juergen Hubbert took the occasion of Smart’s unveiling here of its new Tridion4 concept to defend DaimlerChrysler AG’s decision to stand behind the beleaguered Micro Compact Car GmbH division. The Tridion4, a 4-seat, 4-door sedan, is expected to form the basis for what will be Smart’s first expansion beyond 2-seaters. Once in production, the car will be counted on as a catalyst for moving the money-losing operation into the black in 2004. "As you know, we ...

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