Automotive News reports that Nissan and Daimler may team up on a joint-assembly plant in Mexico. The two automakers are currently finalizing plans that could see a facility open by 2014 to produce up to 200,000 vehicles per year for the North American market. If the project gets the green light from both automakers, the endeavor will cost around $1 billion. Nissan, Renault and Daimler entered into an alliance in 2010 to produce engines and vehicles. This move would be the latest fruit of that endeavor. One proposal has Nissan fielding the cost of construction, leaving Daimler to take on a capital stake in operating the facility.

Automotive News reports that Daimler has declined to comment on the project. If realized, the plant would be the first Mexican facility to produce Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles in the country. As of right now, Daimler's plants in the country are responsible for building large trucks and buses.


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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan you have enough trouble. Did you not see the chewing up and spitting out that Daimler gave Chrysler? They will suck you dry and leave you for dead. And you would be footing the bill for construction. Foolish!
      Zak
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Automotive News reports that Nissan and Daimler may team up on a joint-assembly plant in Mexico." They won't be the first to have a joint assembly plant in Mexico. Where the hell did I put those Twinkies?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zak
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        Zoidberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        American car companies are also moving plants to Mexico, its cheap labor but for the Mexican worker but the pay is still very good for the standards of living, so quality is also maintained. Americans sell out to any car company as long as they think the car looks "pretty" regardless to where its made, there's plenty of cars assembled in Mexico, as are power trains.
          budwsr25
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoidberg
          "Americans sell out to any car company as long as they think the car looks "pretty"" That is incorrect they buy them as long as they are big and it makes you better than your neighbor.
      blue
      • 3 Years Ago
      First of all, I have to apologize in advance to the Autoblog readers for the following rant towards Alex Rodriguez Macfa's annoying and pointless comments!!! Seriously I am sorry and for him! ~~~ Dude, I'm trying really REALLY hard to understand what the hell are you saying on each of your comments and responses, but none makes any sense at all! This, coming from an another Tijuana resident. Lived and raised. Oh, and with a profession. Man, I don't know in what f'kin world you live in but let me wake you up from your bubble. Tijuana is an ok city but it ain't pretty and it ain't better than other cities in the country as you think it is.  You start bitching on why did Autoblog decided to post a picture of a car riding in the 'ugliest parts' of Mexico. Well my friend, the SLS in that picture was probably taken riding in one of the most amazing rally races and picturesque roads Mexico has to offer to the world, and that's the Pan Am race. If you want warm fuzzy pictures of pretty roads with pretty Mexican houses, please have a photographer take them in Mexico City or in a rich neighborhood in Jalisco. Don't ever ever bring them to TJ. You are describing Tijuana as if it were entitled to showcase your shiny new car but only a freakin moron would even consider riding a car like the SLS in uneven roads full of potholes and speed bumps like the ones we have. Agggh! i'm pissed because you have to be an arrogant deuche that hasn't been outside Tj or SD  to make the typical cliche and degrating comment  I'm tired to hear from snubs like you about why the media only shows the 'ugliest' parts of mexican towns. Shame on you! Also, did I just woke up of a coma and Mexico has all of the sudden an 'upper class' of 60% of the entire population?!?! are you ******* KIDDING ME? Last time I checked Mexico's middle class was 32.5%. This coming from a survey made in collaboration with the UNAM. Yes, Mexico's economy is improving but in a very slow rate.  Its great automakers and other industries are still considering investing in this country where our labor force is top notch but sadly paid way cheap. Our government is still corrupt and  our country is still in the middle of a drug war. Not because the situation improved in Tijuana doesn't mean things are well in the rest of the country. Can you name places like Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Guerrero,  just to name some where are still suffering from this? Only a very uninformed mexican with a fancy american degree can consider Ciudad Juarez as the worlds most violent cities. We're doing bad, but thank God not as bad as in the middle East or plenty parts in Africa where guns are triggered and places blown away every day. Mexico is an amazing country that it is still going through a lot of ****. There are thousands of people with a professional degree that can't find a decent jobs whatsoever... Many of them forced to change professions and plenty more migrating to the US to try to make a living. The numbers of people jumping the border are indeed dropping but sadly our politicians are not doing enough to stop them of moving out from this very capable country. Not everyone has or had the privilege of having mommy and daddy paying your studies abroad, mr.  So if you want to make positive comments please have dignity and respect towards your own country.   Ps. Don't even try to pull again the 'I'm a 6'4" Caucasian that happens to be Mexican' card. Believe me, no one cares of that!  Oh, and I liked the picture of the MB very much!
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @blue
        Did I insult you or anyone? Why respond with insults? I just read the Mastretta article here on Autoblog and saw some racist comments towards Mexico about how the Mastretta brakes were made out of tortillas. Also in this article there are some racist comments and I was just making a point that Mexico is not as bad as people think. That's all. I didn't say TJ was the best city in Mexico nor the safest, I just said is not the S** hole every one think it is (at least the parts I commute). FYI, I spent 6 months in Europe doing an internship (ohh and I went to the Geneva Auto Ahow) and if you read correctly I have a degree from SDSU. I have also been to many parts of Mexico, so don't trash talk before knowing facts. You said professionals can't find a job in Mexico, What about the US?? I have tons of friends with their US degree and can't find a job that requires it; they have been working in starbucks, banks, retail, etc. I always defended Mexico, and when I tell you the media only shows ugly parts, it's true. In Europe, when I told them I was from TJ and Mexico, they always say the same comments. They have this image of a not 3rd but 5th world country. They think we live in misery, with contaminated water, no internet, and so on. It also happens here in SD, many of them don't have a clue how people live. Going back to facts, Mex poverty rate is 42% with 10% out of that 42 live in extreme poverty. What do you call the other 58%??? Regarding my height and skin color I brought this up because I have read comments here in this blog about Mexicans being brownies. My point was to inform them that Mexico has a large percentage of Caucasians as well. Like I said sorry again, i got carried away!!!
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do they always show the ugly parts of Mexico??? I'm from Tijuana and let me tell you that there are many nice neighborhoods in the city. Do we have S*** holes in the city? Of course, but we also have really nice shopping centers, the best movie theaters in the world (google Cinepolis VIP), great IMAX theater, great museums and one of the world's best culinary industry. I grew up in TJ and went to nice private schools until I moved to San Diego in 2005 and finished my INT Business degree from SDSU. I'm 6'4"/250lbs and caucasian. In the US, is easy to stereotype Mexicans because the majority of Mexicans who immigrate are in fact from poverty levels and happen to be Native Americans which like in the US (Tribes before they opened casinos) are discriminated, but we do have a good strong middle and high class. Our standard of living are better that some western Europeans countries and better than many US cities. With this economy almost no one lost their house in TJ and those who don't own, they rent very descent houses for less than $1000. Our economy is heading the right direction. In the 1990s, we only had Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Nissan and VW dealers. Usually the only purchase option was 40% down and 24 month finance option. Only the middle/high to high class could afford new cars. Today we have Toyota, Honda, Mitsu, BMW, M Benz, Audi, Volvo, Lincoln and Cadillac. We have 60 month finance option with little to no down payment, and more than ever I see a lot of new cars rolling around. Going back to business, our housekeeper also works at the Samsung factory in east TJ and she told me that quality control is high priority and the top honchos are Koreans. I also have family in Puebla and they work in the VW factory and is the same, quality control is top priority. When a car is unreliable, it doesn't have to do with the workers. The 1st Gen MB ML320 was very unreliable and its build quality was below MB standards, and it was built in Alabama by American work force. The Camry and Sonata are also build in the US and have stellar reliability, the Fusion now has Japanese reliability and is build in Hermosillo, so it really comes down to their engineers and suppliers. I think people are really ignorant when it comes to Mexico, the way Top Gear insulted our Mexican build car and our delicious food shows how ignorant and stupid he is. British car brands only survived because of their foreign owners and I haven't met anyone that's been to England and liked its food........ohhh and by the way, we don't ever ever ever use cheddar cheese in our quesadillas or any plate for that matter. All those taco shops have little to do with our food. Go Mastretta and Go Mexican factories!!! Go USA too, I love California!!!!
        Rampant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        This just may be the longest comment in the history of Autoblog.
          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
          Makes no sense. If Mexico is so great why is it that there are so many willing to jump the border? The best part of TJ I can remember was way back when I was in the Navy and bootie was less than $5.00 for a two hour quickie and 4 Pesos for a bottle of San Miguel.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
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          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
          @Sea Urchin War??? What are you talking about?? I live in Mexico dude, who else can tell you than a citizen from Mexico? This is exactly why Mexico has a bad reputation. How can you even compared Iraq, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe? You are joking right? Probably Ciudad Juarez is the most violent city in the world but outside Juarez Mexico is fine. I lived through the crisis of TJ when the military was patrolling the city and not a single incident did I witness. You think that we live in fear every day, hiding in our houses, having fear of going out. Not even close, everyone in the world is afraid of TJ. My brother in law is from Milan and his family was worried that he was going to spend the summer in our TJ house. Once he was here the fear went away and two years later his sister spent the summer here. Unfortunately, TJ developed a bad reputation of a violent city and red light district. Violence has been diminishing greatly this year and the majority of US tourist don't even know the real TJ. The Zona Norte or red light district is a part of the city non of the real native TJs go there. The city is big and I only commute from the city I grew up in, the original TJ. My advice is, don't judge a book by its cover!! Travel and get info from people that have been there!
          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
          @caddy-V There was an article in the NY Times about immigration from Mexico and it said that is decreasing do to Mexico's improving economy, you can google about it and many articles will come up. Anyway the people who jump the border are the extreme poverty class which is around 10% are the ones who jump the border. Unfortunately, this Native Americans are highly discriminated and our government still has a lot of corruption to invest in education and jobs, but it's getting better. One of the big differences between Mex and US standard of living, is the availability of credit. In the US most of the middle class likes to believe they live in good condition but the fact of the matter is they owe almost everything they have. Most of the people in the US owe money to credit cards, owe their cars, owe their electronics and owe their houses paying high property taxes and insurance. Mexico's middle class might not have a brand new $25K+ car or a $300K home with 3 bedrooms or have the latest gadgets (although a good amount of middle/upper class do) but they have almost zero debts. The car might be used and is probably a manual car with manual windows, the house is probably not big or luxurious but is comfortable and Insurance is not mandatory and property taxes are low. Anyway every country has its advantages and disadvantages!!!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
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          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
          Hahhaha, I know is long and doesn't make sense, is just that on the Mastretta MXT article there were many racist comments and also the pic of the MBenz in this article driving around ugly parts of the city. Every time they show something in TV of Mexico is about its poor neighborhoods and never show how middle to upper class people live which account 60% of the population. I got carried away.....sorry for the post people!!
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rampant
          I dunno my "Honda Hatred" freak out post comes pretty close, but yeah I think I'm beat.
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      i can feel that mercedes is gonna make nissan give the maxima a rwd platform just like the 300c or 300 used to be FWD cause the maxima is overpowerd for fwd and it looks like a mercedes plus why am i seeing comments that could be essays
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep your back against the wall Nissan!
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have any German auto cooperatives gone well? Even Porsche and VW were fighting like drunken girls from New Jersey, and they're the same company!
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      another DOA idea by the schizophrenic goshn and the bald clown from MB...
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