Daimler declined to comment on a media report that that it may manufacture Mercedes-Benz cars with Nissan’s Infiniti brand in Mexico.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper cited a senior source at Daimler as saying the two automakers planned to set up a plant in Mexico to manufacture Mercedes-Benz small cars and Infiniti luxury vehicles. According to the same source, no further decision had been reached on the project.
”This is speculation on which as a matter of principle we do not comment,” a Daimler spokesman told Automotive News Europe on Monday.
Back in September at the Paris auto show, Nissan and partner Renault agreed with Daimler to extend their industrial partnership under which the next-generation Smart microcar and Renault Twingo will be built on a common architecture. From 2016, the companies will also start building a jointly developed four-cylinder engine.
Nissan currently owns two plants in Mexico. The FAZ report comes a year after Japanese media first said that Nissan and Daimler were finalizing plans for joint production in Mexico. In November 2011, the Nikkei business daily reported that the plant would produce around 200,000 vehicles a year and would begin operation in the first half of 2014.