Smart's decision to phase out the brand's combustion engine models last year isn't helping sales.
German luxury brands face an existential challenge: adapting to a U.S. market increasingly dominated by SUVs and crossovers while keeping their stylish sedans relevant.
Daimler executive Karen Adt will become the head of the Smart brand, succeeding Annette Winkler, who is stepping down after eight years running the brand.
Smart chief Annette Winkler defended a decision to phase out the brand's combustion-engine models, even though she expects the marque will lose sales initially during the transition to an all-electric brand.
Daimler said planned launches of electrified vehicles were on schedule following a report that they were facing delays because of battery shortages and other technical problems.
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