Daimler plans to begin manufacturing one of the new Mercedes vehicles in Mexico, and the A-Class might be a possible choice.
According to El Financiero, a Mexican newspaper, Pedro Tabera, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz Mexico, said that the German automaker considers an alliance with the Japanese car maker Nissan.
“There is a clear interest in the national market. Various alternatives are being considered, among them producing with Nissan Mexicana, or if Renault had a factory in Mexico, there could be production with them too,” Tabera was quoted as saying.
The news was also confirmed by an anonymous Daimler official, who said that there are high chances for the German automaker to begin a joint production with the Japanese company in Mexico. Tabera added that if Nissan, which already has partnered Renault, decides to build its luxury Infiniti vehicles in Mexico, the cars could be fitted with Mercedes-Benz engines.
Last month, Mercedes’ rival, Audi, announced that it plans to purchase 90% of its components for its Mexico plant from local sources. This would be the first time when an Audi plant will buy almost all the necessary components from local sources. The plant can manufacture 150,000 vehicles annually and is located in southeast Mexico.