DaimlerChrysler, the German-US car manufacturing giant, is considering assembly of its next generation 4-seater Smart cars at the Nedcar plant in the Netherlands. The carmaker is anticipated to take a 50 % stake in the Nedcar plant –which currently produces models for the Ford subsidiary Volvo, alongside Mitsubishi Motors of Japan – in 2004, once the current partnership between Volvo and Mitsubishi expires.