According to a German press report, Daimler’s management board is to gather in two weeks time to sign their approval for the start of production of two compact models at Nissan’s Mexico facility.
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and the Renault-Nissan alliance have been tying up lately, as part of their broader push for a new, broad three-way alliance that would see them share resources to better compete globally.
Germany’s Manager Magazin has released a report, which cites anonymous sources from within Daimler’s executives, in which the automaker is ready to sign of on the production plans that involve the use of Nissan plant Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Although until now the reports for the planned production start in Mexico involved the manufacture of the small GLA crossover as part of the ongoing joint venture, the report now claims the automaker has opted for the production of the future second-generation of the CLA coupe-styled four-door compact – as well as a yet to be released compact sedan that would be based on the A-Class compact and would compete against the similar offer from Audi’s A3 range.
International Strategy & Investment (ISI) experts claim that Nissan’s factory in Aguascalientes would be able to churn out between 100,000 and 150,000 cars, al n the premium segment, as Mercedes and Nissan’s luxury brand – Infiniti – would run joint production at the facility. Nissan’s premium brand would underpin a front-wheel drive compact offering on the basis of Mercedes’ compact architecture.
Via Automotive News Europe