A group board member told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Daimler is still examining the joint production of small luxury vehicles with Nissan at its Mexico plant, and expects a decision by the end of 2013.
Two sources spoke earlier last week about the Nissan and Daimler plan to build small Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars at Nissan’s $2-billion Aguascalientes plant, which will open late this year next to an existing Nissan assembly plant.
“This would be an option, if our compact cars business in North America performs well,” Andreas Renschler, who is also head of production for Mercedes, was quoted as saying in an interview with the paper. “It will be decided at the end of the year,” he added.
The plant in Mexico is expected to build the new Infiniti Q30, a compact four-door hatchback that will share engines and some chassis components with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the sources said.
The 2015 GLA, a compact crossover vehicle similar in size to the Q30, will go on sale next spring in Europe and next fall in the United States. The GLA is one of several candidates for future production at Aguascalientes, according to the sources.