Nissan and Daimler will turn to Mexico as they continue ramping up their rapidly growing partnership. The German maker is planning to set up a plant of its own next to the $2billion assembly complex the Japanese maker plans to open in Aguascalientes, Mexico in 2013.
The Daimler plant would be used to produce a wide range of small luxury products for both the Mercedes-Benz brand and Nissan’s Infiniti division. These are expected to include the next-generation A-class and a production version of the Etherea concept, which will share Daimler’s new MFA small car architecture. But Daimler and Nissan are also likely to produce some new battery-based models in Aguascalientes, senior sources confirmed.
Officially, neither Daimler nor the Renault/Nissan Alliance would discuss the plan, though a spokesperson for the German company referred to a recent comment by CEO Dieter Zetsche in which he stressed that further joint ventures are under study.
The two makers have been looking for ways to co-operate since first teaming up in 2010. Just this month, Zetsche and Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn jointly revealed they will produce a new line of four-cylinder engines at the Nissan powertrain plant in Decherd, Tennessee. It will be used in the new Mercedes C-class and some unnamed Infiniti and Nissan models.