While it was just a rumor not long ago, the partners – Renault Nissan – have made it officially official: the new Mercedes-Benz pickup truck will not make the jump across the Atlantic.
Talk about sharing secrets – we were looking at the sketches of the Mercedes pickup (which is known to come with posh varieties alongside the working class versions) – and thinking how well the model could stack against the new crop of midsize pickup trucks. And here comes official information from… Renault, which says the Nissan Navara brethren will not make it into North America. The French manufacturer recently outed a press release talking about the cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance, claiming it was “maturing as it enters its seventh year in 2016.”
Renault also added in the lines that a new one-top pickup from Mercedes will be designed by Daimler on a Renault Nissan architecture “to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America,” so the exclusion of the North American market meaning it won’t be offered there. The new pickup, a “real Mercedes” and a “truly premium” product will be produced Renault’s plant in Cordoba, Argentina, and at Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain, where the Nissan NP300 Frontier and the Renault Alaskan will also be manufactured.