Mexican daily El Financiero announced last week that Daimler plans to build Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Mexico together with Nissan.
According to the same source, at the beginning the Germans may build the new A-Class, while Nissan plans to build a new Infiniti vehicle that may share the same platform with the new A-Class.
However, when asked about the current situation in Mexico, in a telephone conversation a Daimler spokesperson told Inautonews that no decision has been made and of course the automaker doesn’t comment on speculations.
In 2011 Nissan said the company plans to build a new subcompact vehicle under the brand of Infiniti – a vehicle that will use technology from the Germans. The Japanese automaker may introduce the new vehicle somewhere in 2014, and according to Bloomberg, Nissan expect to save about $4 billion.
Also the two companies agreed in 2010 to use Renault engines on Smart vehicles and Daimler batteries on Renault SA’s Twingo.
In March, Nissan introduced its new Q50 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show – a vehicle that will compete in the ultra-competitive C-Segment in Europe. The 2013 Q50 Diesel will use the 2.1-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine from the Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI and E220 CDI. Infiniti says the new premium sedan will burn only 4.4 litres of diesel fuel every 100 km and will emit less than 115 grams of CO2 per kilometre – making it approximately 30 per cent more efficient than the performance-oriented Q50 V6 hybrid.