• May 15, 2008
We've heard through the grapevine that another element of the collaboration between Chrysler LLC and Nissan, in addition to the latter giving the former a small car and the former giving the latter a pickup, is that Chrysler will be ditching its Daimler-sourced Sprinter commercial van in favor of a rebranded Nissan van by 2011. As we already know, Nissan is planning on producing three new light commercial vehicles for the U.S. at its plant in Canton, Mississippi, and it will be sourcing some engines for its new LCVs from Cummins. Thus, we would also expect to see the familiar sight of a Cummins diesel under the hood of Dodge's version, as well. Will we discover even more sharing between Chrysler and Nissan as time goes on? Our sources say these companies aren't finished raiding each other's parts bins by a long shot.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      @Iridium

      "Replacing the Sprinter with a Nissan van would be a very bad idea. Japanese delivery ans are made for driving through extremely tight city streets very slowly. I wouldn't want to get on the highway with one."

      I think you're right about Nissan's JDM vans but Nissan execs said the Mississippi-built LCVs will be developed specifically for the North American market.

      They also said the Cummins engines will be tuned to Nissan North America's specs.

      Like Nissan has done with (at least) the last two generations of the Altima, I think we can expect some very American products.

      That said, there's just something cool about the Sprinter's foreign accent...


      • 6 Years Ago
      The Opel van we have in our USAF base overseas is identical to the Renault/Nissan van that the contractors use on the base. Is this the van we are talking about? The Opel is pretty good with fuel consumption but the plastics have cheap feel but looks good for the type of vehicle. We also have some MB vans and they work pretty well too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The biggest thing the sprinter has going for it is fuel mileage. They offer a 3.0Lcrd. No other manufacture offers a small diesel for their full size vans.
      If GM was smart they would use the VM 2.9Lcrd in their full size van for all markets.
      Dodge Nissan will probably use the cummins 4.3L V-6. But will it have similar fuel mileage as the Sprinter. Probably not.
      Dodge should continue to offer the MB3.0Lcrd or deal with GM/VM to use their 2.9Lcrd for people who want better fuel mileage in their vans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Vivaro/Primastar is slightly smaller than the Sprinter, It would fit in my garage and the smallest Sprinter wont, a perfect replacement for my Astro, I wont buy an Express.

      There is no reason for Nissan to reinvent one of the best cargo vans around, Both GM and Nissan should already be selling this van in the States, The Transit Connect will be here soon I predict sales will be good, its the next size down from a Primastars.
      The Vivaro/Primastar would be perfect for many of us, Bring it on.

      Dodge are fools to stop selling the Sprinter its possibly the most reliable thing they sell, smart people often do dumb things.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate the grammar nazis the troll around AB because after all it is a blog. But is it really that hard to take 5 seconds to read the headline you just wrote?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Rumormill: Dodge to replace Sprinter will full-size van from Nissan"

        No kidding. Missing a word often?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ironically Nissan have a van called Caravan
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Sprinter is one of the good things that came from Mercrycedes.

      It is a great vehicle with a great diesel engine. My dad has a Sprinter based motorhome and even with all the extra weight still gets 26mpg on the highway. It even handles well for being a top heavy big van.

      Replacing the Sprinter with a Nissan van would be a very bad idea. Japanese delivery ans are made for driving through extremely tight city streets very slowly. I wouldn't want to get on the highway with one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *with*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it possible the Nissan sourced van is a replacement for the Ram Van? This way they will keep the Sprinter and have a new smaller commercial van?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe. It would probably even make sense to adapt some Euro style Renault sourced FWD van. The SOFIM engines these FWD vans use are also available as gasoline/CNG versions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Our sources say these companies aren't finished raiding each other's parts bins by a long shot.
      "........... there goes Nissans quality.
      I wouldn't mind if Chrysler was only using Nissan parts, but Nissan using Chrysler parts is not a good idea. Chrysler builds the worst quality cars period! I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and had to basically rebuild it by the time it hit 70,000 miles. Junk, Junk, Junk!
        • 6 Years Ago
        My mom has a 2004 Sentra SE-R and the thing is always, and I mean always, in the shop. It got a new engine after 100 000km and things still go wrong.

        Before she had a 2003 Sentra (2.0) and it was the same thing --she didn't learn from her mistake.

        My dad has a 2004 Altima 2.5 and while it's also had its share of issues ...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your one in a million. My limited has huge A/C problems (over $1000 to repair), hubs went twice, 4 wheel drive rebuilt, brakes warped ever other day, and I could go on and on. Check the forums. This car is hated for its reliablility. Cosumer reports just rated it one of the worst quality cars built, period. Chrysler build some nice cars but a few years later you WILL want to burn it or drive it into a lake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hate to burst your bubble Ahmed, but according to JD Powers, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep have had less problems than Nissans in their 3 year ownership survey. This is a common misconception (myth).

        It was also thought that Mercedes had better quality than Chrysler at the time of the "merger of equals", and that Mercedes could teach Chrysler how to make better cars. The truth was that Mercedes was the less reliable make. I think it has to do with that thing called perception vs. reality.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So does this mean that Chrysler + Mitsubishi is over?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Chrysler just throw in the towel and import Nissans? That's the road they headed down on.

      Oh right, Nissan USA would have a conniption fit over someone else stealing their wares and selling their rebadged products.

      But the more I look at it; the more it looks like Nardelli is selling out to Gnosn. No doubt Cerberus is no longer willing to foot the bill for Chrysler's continued existence. Big surprise? Not really.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's what they want you to believe...

        Gnosn:
        Hey Nardelli want a small car, huh?
        We can sure use a Ram-bo vehicle in our line-up.

        Gnosn:
        Hey Nardelli you want a new full size van?
        We got one you might be interested in.
        Maybe we can combine efforts and make them in one of your idle plants, what you say?

        Gnosn:
        Hey Nardelli about that midsize Dodge re-do you're working on...
        How about using one of ours instead?
        We can make both the Nissan version and the Dodge version at one of your underutilized plants. Sound good?

        Gnosn:
        Hey Nardelli Chrysler is really beginning to lag a bit.
        How about rebadging our Infinitis? That would help bring you up to speed.
        Oh, and we can build them in your plants in the US, okay?

        Gnosn:
        Hey Nardelli! You want an electric vehicle? Boy, have we got a deal for you...!

        Note to Cerberus:
        Everthing is going according to plan. The frog is almost cooked. Looks like we will be able to mop up in a couple of months.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As it stands...

        Nissan is building a small car for Chrysler.
        Chrysler is building a truck for Nissan.

        I don't think they are going down that road.
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