Daimler will try to extend its partnership with Volkswagen to manufacture light commercial vehicles.
“I will get together with the VW commercial vehicles chief and explore possibilities for further cooperation,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
He added that he will meet VW commercial vehicles chief at the end of this month in Germany at the IAA international auto show for commercial vehicles in Hanover. Daimler and VW already have a partnership for manufacturing transporter vans and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Daimler produces VW’s Crafter van, on the same technology platform, at the Duesseldorf plant, Germany. The automaker currently produces 40,000 Crafter vans annually but the deal will reach its deadline in 2016.
Volkswagen bought the majority stake in MAN in November 2011 and in March 2012 it announced it will thing about extending the deal with Daimler for the Crafter’s next model, but it is likely it will decide not to extend the partnership. This will not affect Daimler too much, as it is large enough to survive without this deal. Daimler has an alliance with Nissan according to which Daimler’s Japanese truck unit Mitsubishi Fuso will offer Nissan the Fuso Canter light trucks, while Nissan will make available the Atlas F24 trucks for Fuso.