Infiniti and Daimler work on new platform for four cars image

Nissan’s luxury Infiniti unit said the automaker is developing a new platform with Daimler that will spawn four models including a crossover vehicle.

Daimler, the owner of the Mercedes-Benz luxury-car brand, said in September that it’s looking at expanding cooperation with Nissan and Renault to produce parts for compact vehicles. Mercedes licenses transmissions to Infiniti under a 2012 agreement based on the cooperation framework.

“Within the cooperation, we are open for new projects as long as all partners benefit from them,” Thomas Froehlich, a spokesman at Daimler, said. “We are constantly in talks with each other about many topics. Projects will be communicated as soon as they are approved by all partners.”

The first car using the architecture will come to market in 2017, Johan de Nysschen, the head of Infiniti, said in an interview in Detroit.

Infiniti, which shifted its global headquarters to Hong Kong in 2012, will build its second North American plant in either the U.S. or Mexico to diversify production outside Japan, and will probably decide on the site this quarter, de Nysschen also told journalists earlier on Monday at the Detroit auto show.

Via Automotive News Europe