Partners announce plans to build Mercedes engines at Nissan plant in Tennessee
9 January 2012

Mercedes four-cylinder engines will be built at a Nissan plant in Tennessee from 2014, it has been confirmed. The engines will be the first Mercedes road car units built in North America.

The deal, which is part of the Daimler and Renault-Nissan partnership agreed in 2010, means that the engines will be built for use on Infiniti and Mercedes cars.

Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed that the engines would be used in the C-class, and denied that customers would be put off by buying a car with an engine built in a factory not run by a premium manufacturer.

"The factory meets our production standards and quality targets, so it's a win-win situation," said Zetsche. "Customers are quite used to the concept of different parts coming from different suppliers, so why should this worry them."

The partnership is expected to yield platform sharing between Renault and Smart and Mercedes and Infiniti, as well as lead to a greater swapping of engine and alternative powertrain technology. However, Zetsche was adamant it wouldn't lead to Renault-Nissan and Mercedes merging or taking more stock in each other.

"We share an office, not a bedroom," he said. "We entered the partnership with a couple of specific, pragmatic goals, and now we are finding even more areas that we can work together. In the future there will be more areas to co-operate on, I'm sure, but there is no rush."

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9 January 2012

[quote Autocar]denied that customers would be put off by buying a car with an engine built in a factory not run by a premium manufacturer. [/quote]

The average buy will not be bothered where their engine is built and who buy. As long as the quality (which is more down to design) and reliability is okay, I am sure even the most hardened car enthusiast won't really give a damn.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]The average buy will not be bothered where their engine is built and who buy.[/quote]

That made me laugh. I'm willing to bet even the most die hard Mercedes buyer hasn't a clue where the current 4 cylinder engines are built. The default answer will be Stuttgart but that'll only be a guess. It could be built in Taiwan for all they know.

How many people know / care where all of BMW's 4 cylinder petrol engines are built then shipped to various assembly plants around the globe? Hint - it ain't Munich.

9 January 2012

All manufacturers are all using the same machining centres and CADCAM software, there won't be any significant difference.

As to consumers not knowing where their car comes from, are RHD C Classes & BMW 3 Series still South African?

Do Audi TT buyers know their cars are Hungarian & does it matter anyway?

9 January 2012

In general terms this deal looks more like win/lose than win/win to me. Renault/Nissan, zero desirability factor, so they can only win by the assocation, For Mercedes, please let us know Autocar what they are getting out of this deal?

9 January 2012

[quote ronmcdonald][quote TegTypeR]The average buy will not be bothered where their engine is built and who buy.[/quote]

That made me laugh.

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What made me laugh was how badly I wrote that!

Please replace the first "buy" with buyer and the second with by.

Clearly I need more sleep!! :-)

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 January 2012

It really depends how the journalists treat it, as it's Mercedes they will not have a problem as neither MB or BMW can do any wrong, if Jaguar said they were putting a Nissan built or any other engine in their cars all hell would break lose the car would be slated and sales hurt, even if fundamentally it was a good car!

9 January 2012

[quote crashbangwallop] For Mercedes, please let us know Autocar what they are getting out of this deal?[/quote]

Economies of scale.

The greater the volume of identical engines, or of anything, you make in one plant the cheaper each item becomes.

Are BMW 4 cylinder petrol engines made in a Peugeot plant in the UK? All Polo's made in Spain? All BMW 3 series rhd cars made in South Africa? And currently all Jaguar engines are made by Ford?

9 January 2012

As the global recession continues, all manufacturers will be looking at cost-effective solutions. E

9 January 2012

Whatever next - Bentleys made by VW?!

9 January 2012

[quote Maxycat]

Are BMW 4 cylinder petrol engines made in a Peugeot plant in the UK? All Polo's made in Spain? All BMW 3 series rhd cars made in South Africa? And currently all Jaguar engines are made by Ford?

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No. BMW 4 Cylinder engines are made by BMW at Hams Hall, Birmingham & I think supply some to Peugeot.

Polo's come out of SEAT plants

Yes RHD BMW 3 Series are South African with British engines

Jaguar Land Rover Engines are Ford made until the new Jaguar Engine Plant in Wolverhampton is up an running.

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