• Apr 14, 2008
Following the announcement this past January that Nissan would be supplying Chrysler with a new car based of the Versa's platform, the two automakers announced today that more exchange is on the horizon, including a new small car for Chrysler and a Dodge-based pickup for Nissan.

The unnamed small car will be built by Nissan in Japan utilizing a Chrysler design and will be sold in North America, Europe and other markets in 2010. On the other side of the spectrum, Chrysler will build a full-size pick-up for Nissan that will share design cues with the rest of the Nissan line and be built at Chrysler's Saltillo Assembly Plant in Mexico. Sales of the pick-up will begin in North America in 2011.

The move is part of an effort by both automakers to utilize each other's global manufacturing facilities and finally gets Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's CEO, the American automaker partnership he's been looking for since last year.

We're hoping on a conference call with Nissan to see if either automaker releases more information, but in the meantime check Chrysler's press release after the jump.

UPDATE: No word on whether or not the new Nissan pick-up will use Chrysler's hybrid drivetrain. Nissan spokespeople are not calling this a partnership, rather an "OEM exchange" and nothing more.
UPDATE 2: The Nissan pick-up will be a full-size light truck.
UPDATE 3: The Chrysler small car will be on a Nissan-developed platform and will be covered in Chrysler-designed sheetmetal. The platform will not be based of the Versa. Nissan reps couldn't answer any questions about whether or not the small car will share any design cues from the Dodge Hornet concept.
UPDATE 4: We're going to hop onto the the Chrysler conference in a bit and will update this post with information as it happens. Check back in about 30 minutes for more.
UPDATE 5: Chrysler and Chery are still working together. Chery has Chrysler drivetrain people working with them now. Chery-developed B-segment model is still in the offing, but no idea when it could come to the U.S.
UPDATE 6: Chrysler's design team just wrapped up styling of the small car, so it's doubtful that it will share many cues with the Hornet concept. Too bad, since the Hornet was well received. LaSorda says, "it's a beautiful design."

PRESS RELEASE

Chrysler LLC and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. issued the following press release on Monday:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich / TOKYO (April 14, 2008) – Chrysler LLC and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced two new agreements for the supply of products between both companies. In January, Nissan agreed to supply Chrysler with a new car based on the Nissan Versa sedan for limited distribution in South America on an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) basis in 2009.

This new OEM exchange benefits both companies through range extension and the utilization of global manufacturing capacity. Highlights of the new agreement:

Nissan will manufacture an all-new, fuel-efficient small car based on a unique Chrysler concept and design. This new segment entry for Chrysler will be sold in North America, Europe and other global markets in 2010, and manufactured at Nissan's Oppama Plant in Japan.

Chrysler will manufacture a full-size pickup for Nissan. Based on a Nissan unique design, this truck will be manufactured at Chrysler's Saltillo (Mexico) Assembly Plant. In order to accommodate this product, Chrysler will shift volume from Mexico to its U.S.-based assembly plants that produce pickup trucks. Sales of the pickup in North America will start in 2011.

This latest OEM supply agreement extends a long standing product exchange relationship between the two corporations, with Nissan affiliate JATCO already supplying Chrysler with transmissions since 2004.

"Forging the right tactical partnerships is critical to the long-term success of Chrysler," said Tom LaSorda, Chrysler LLC President and Vice Chairman. "It also builds on the Company's inherent strengths, including the ability to respond rapidly and creatively to emerging opportunities."

"In January, we said we would continue to look for additional OEM opportunities with Chrysler," said Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Company. "This latest agreement builds on Nissan's proven track record to deliver win-win product exchanges with multiple manufacturers around the world," continued Tavares.
Since the signing of the first OEM agreement in January, the two companies have also agreed to maintain an open dialogue to explore further product-sharing opportunities.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is good news. I would like to see more cooperation between Chrysler and Nissan. I think both companies could create a successful alliance by working together. I hope this relationship grows. Chrysler's only chance of survival with such limited cash resources will be to utilize and develop successful partnerships with other auto companies (although their partnership with Chery still bothers me).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Update #5 up there says that the Chery vehicle is a "D-segment" car, meaning that the Sebring/Avenger is truly short for this world, given that they're D-segment (Mid-size) cars... Interesting if it's anything but a mistake in terminology used.

      As for a non-Versa vehicle from Japan, could this be a Fit/Yaris competitor? In other words, is this the Micra/March? Would handily fit under Caliber and is a particularly cool little car; When is the replacement due?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I kind of saw this coming with Nissan and Chrysler both planning on using Cummins v6 engines in their new trucks. As long as it doesn't have a craptastic Chrysler interior, it should be fine. Though, I really don't like the Idea of production being shifted from the US to Mexico.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Addendum: Production is not shifting to Mexico for Chrylser at least. they have always built Rams in Michigan and Mexico and they will continue to do that. A lot of the Mexican production was for the South American market. Now it looks like more will be coming stateside as Nissans. For Nissan, yes, this will be a shifting of production from the US (Miss - Titan) to Mexico.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the pics are any indication the new Ram will have a great interior. I predict the new Ram is the future of Chrysler interiors. As for Nissan they can spend a little and specify there own seat fabrics, trim, and grain patterns, or they could spend more and develope their own unique dash/interior. But after loooking at the latest Altima I would advise them to stick with the Dodge interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if Chrysler will still look to Chery for small cars? Looking at Chery's quality, I'm guessing Chrysler will use Nissan for US Spec cars and Chery for their Mexico and South American markets where quality doesn't need to be that high.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new 2009 Chryssan Sebring-Maxima.

      THE HORROR!!!!!11111!!!111!
        • 6 Years Ago
        and it continues to build. no more than 3 yrs off and Renault will buy chrysler from cerebrus. everyone here has seen it coming and these are the first steps. a try before you buy, if you will...

        carlos is on the move.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissler
      Chryslan
      Chryslerberussan
      Nicerberusler
      Nismopar
      Moparmo SRT Spec V
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm... could the new "not hornet" be based of off the new Cube?

      As for the truck, it makes total sense. High fuel prices isn't going to help full size truck sales, regardless of the brand. There is no point spending development money on stuff that isn't in high demand.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep. It's all but completely obvious the Chrysler product will be a reskinned Cube.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hemi powered Z/GT-R or TTV6 powered Challenger. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      An Ameri-Japa-Frenchie car!......weird...
        • 6 Years Ago
        As a follow up, the I wonder if you can get the ultimate negatives of all three makers? -Chrysler's stick-beaten design + Nissan's horrible US mfg. quality + weird French design and reliability?
        • 6 Years Ago
        We need more weird French design in the US.

        Citroëns are sexy. Especially the C6--its interior and exterior put everything else in its class to shame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler contract with Mistubishi must be coming to an end in 2009.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not necessarily. The GEMA agreement is totally speperate and is good until at least 2011. Chrysler builds its own versions of the Mitsubishi platforms that are under the sebring/Avengier and Caliber/Compass/Patriot. They modified them enough so much that they call them their own and can techinically build them as long as they want. But yeah, there won't be anything new between the two I would imagine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet Cerebrus had this wrapped up, and ready to go from day one. And they've already got Nissan warmed up to take the great American turkey off their hands.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the comments about Chryslers Truck interiors. Maybe if a select few people would actually do a little research besides running their mouths, the 09 Ram Interior is the second best interior or almost a tie with 09 F-150. Nissan would benefit greatly from a dodge truck platform I feel.

      I have riden in a fully loaded 05 Titan 4 door and it was actually a nice truck.
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