The chief executive officer of the Renault Nissan alliance, which has a great partnership relation with Daimler, says the upcoming Mercedes-Benz pickup might not be based on Nissan platform, with the 2020 planned model potentially being sourced from other options.
Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz – the third largest premium automaker in the world – recently announced that its Mercedes-Benz Vans commercial division would introduce in time for the next decade a mid-size pickup model. Due to the ongoing cooperation agreements between Daimler and the Renault Nissan alliance, speculations immediately arose that Nissan would provide its Navara platform as the basis of the new Mercedes-badged model. “I don’t want anybody to think that because they announced a pickup truck, they have to make it with us. Not at all,” Ghosn commented in an interview on the sidelines of the New York auto show. “They are completely free to do it by themselves, to do it with somebody else, etc., and also, or to do it with us.” The executive also said the product planning may or may not include the possibility to use a Nissan plant for the pickup’s production.
Mercedes has envisioned the model as targeting the European, Latin American, Australian and South African regions, and Ghosn declined to comment on speculation that Nissan and Daimler are already negotiating the possibility of producing the new model at a Nissan assembly facility. Ghosn and Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche have already a long list of common projects, spanning across manufacturing, product development, small-car joint production or common factories in Tennessee and Mexico.
Via Automotive News Europe