Daimler, the parent company of luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz and the French – Japanese alliance of Renault and Nissan have a strong business relationship.
I looks like the automakers are actually paving the way for a huge three-way alliance, which could lift their global player stats even more, as Renault-Nissan seeks to move from the global fourth position into the top three and Mercedes-Benz seeks to reclaim its lost luxury crown.
The moves echo as far as the US, where the approaching opening of an engine facility in Decherd, Tennessee could prove to be pivotal to the future strategy of the trio. The manufacturing facility is officially named as the Infiniti Decherd Powertrain Plant, but the truth it’s also going to serve the interest of Mercedes-Benz, supplying engines to the carmaker’s assembly lines in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“The opening of this new powertrain facility is an important step for Infiniti. It is the first step of our manufacturing expansion that will include the start of vehicle production in China later this year and in Europe next year,” said Johan d Nysschen, Infiniti’s CEO.
Since first building on their partnership in 2010, the trio has been jointly involved in various projects, including powertrain exchanges – which led to the advent of the Decherd program. The new factory is tasked to manufacture a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that would also be fitted on Europe spec Infiniti Q50s, besides the Mercedes-Benz C Class.