Mercedes-Benz
and Nissan plan on working together in the future, sharing the Mercedes A-Class platform and engines in an effort save cash on engineering and manufacturing resources. A big part of that collaboration is now official with a joint engine announcement.

Nissan will produce high-end four-cylinder engines at its Decherd, Tennessee facility. The engine will find its way under the hood of Mercedes and Infiniti models beginning in 2014, with a max capacity of 250,000 units per year.

Both automakers are understandably excited about the strategic announcement. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn called the tie-up "our most significant project outside of Europe so far." Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche added that the co-op will help Mercedes achieve its expansion goals, adding that the engine agreement will "make optimum use of synergies arising from the cooperation."

Hit the jump to read over the Nissan press release. Daimler also issued the exact same release, except the German automaker swapped names so that Daimler appeared before Nissan.
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Nissan and Daimler to produce engines together in North America

In the latest step forward in the collaboration of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler, Nissan's Decherd, Tenn., plant will build Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder engines for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz starting in 2014.

Nissan and Daimler will produce Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder gasoline engines together at Nissan's powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn. Production will begin in 2014, with installed capacity of 250,000 units per year once full ramp–up is achieved. The Decherd facility will produce engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models.

"This is the newest milestone in our pragmatic collaboration and our most significant project outside of Europe so far," said Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. "Localized capacity reduces exposure to foreign exchange rates while rapidly enabling a good business development in North America – a win-win for the Alliance and Daimler."

The collaboration marks the first production of Mercedes-Benz engines in the North America Free Trade region. The Tennessee plant's strategic location and logistics links ensure a direct supply of engines starting in 2014 for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, built at Daimler's vehicle plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

"In the context of our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy, we have decided that we will expand the production capacities required for this close to the customers. Through the strategic extension of our cooperation with Renault-Nissan we can realize near-market engine production in the NAFTA region on attractive economic terms and make optimum use of synergies arising from the cooperation," Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said. "Thus we are systematically broadening our manufacturing footprint in this important growth market."

Nissan began powertrain assembly in Decherd in 1997. Today it manufactures 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder engines for the complete lineup of U.S.-produced Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. The plant also houses crankshaft forging and cylinder block casting operations. In 2011, Decherd produced more than 580,000 engines on a covered area of more than 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square meters).

Project portfolio expands
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance launched their strategic collaboration in April 2010, including an equity exchange that gives the Renault-Nissan Alliance a 3.1 percent stake in Daimler and Daimler a combined 3.1 percent interest in Renault and Nissan.

The collaboration began with three project pillars:

Joint smart/Twingo architecture: The project is on track for launch in the early first quarter of 2014. Two-seater smart vehicles will be produced at Daimler's plant in Hambach, France, and four-seater smart and Renault production are slated for Renault's plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
All-new entry-level city van project for Mercedes-Benz: The project is on schedule with expected launch in late 2012. Manufacturing at Renault's plant in Maubeuge, France.
Powertrain cross-supply: The Alliance is supplying Daimler with compact three-cylinder gasoline engines to be used in smart and Twingo vehicles and four-cylinder diesel engines to be used in the jointly developed light commercial vehicle and in Mercedes-Benz's next generation of premium compact cars. Daimler will supply Nissan and Infiniti with four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines from the current and future engine portfolio as well as with automatic transmissions.

Since its founding in April 2010, the collaboration has been gradually expanded. In addition to the announcement this week about North American engine production, the companies also decided to partner on:

Platform sharing: Infiniti plans to base a premium compact vehicle on the Mercedes compact-car architecture, starting in 2014.
Zero-emission vehicles: Daimler will provide batteries from its production facility in Kamenz, Germany, and Renault-Nissan will provide electric motors for the use in electric vehicles (smart and Twingo ZE). First releases will occur in 2014.


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      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Japanese company making engines in America for a German vehicle, the more I read it the more ridiculous it sounds.
      sjmoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel it is important to point out, because this article was not at all forthcoming with information, that the engine in question that will be built by Nissan is an MB turbocharged inline-4. They are not collaborating together to create a new engine, rather Nissan is simply manufacturing the engine at its plant in Tennessee to reduce the impact of currency fluctuation on the price of the C250 (which will soon be built in Alabama). The engine was still designed, tested, and quality checked by MB. It is simply being manufactured at a Nissan plant because MB has no North American engine plants.
      RedHoodJT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I REALLY hate that Deitch guy or whatever the hell that guy's name is on the right. SO ANNOYING TO LISTEN TO AND LOOK AT. Whenever I see him, I remember when he was apart of the mess that was Cerberus/Chrysler, etc. He was one of the many reasons Chrysler failed... ...and he's still rich and in a management position. YUCK.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RedHoodJT
        I wish morons like you would get their facts straight before making stupid comments. The Daimler-Chrysler era was brought about by Jurgen Schrempp at Daimler, not Zetsche. Zetsche had little to no say in the matter. Zetsche is one of the folks responsible for making the deal work by demanding that Mercedes technology be transplanted into Chrysler products. Zetsche sought to involve Chrysler, not alienate them. Give me a break with all this Daimler and Zetsche hating. Zetsche by all accounts is a fair and open-minded man and brilliant engineer as well.
          RedHoodJT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          Yeah...well...well....you're a buttface! Ha!
          ishmaelcrowley
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          Attorney's aside. Just remember Zetsche is doing the Lord's work.
      Frank
      • 2 Years Ago
      Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche added that the co-op will help Mercedes achieve its expansion goals, adding that the engine agreement will "make optimum use of synergies arising from the cooperation." Too bad Daimler couldn't "make optimum use of synergies" when they had Chrysler Corporation.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ghosn is signing a deal with the devil right there...
      tipdrip215
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd be careful with these guys if I were you, Carlos. Thinking about what they did to Chrysler for a decade doesn't exactly make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      the bald German guy will steal the other's toupee...
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      OH Nissan, why???? Get ready to hear the ******* sound of Daimler taking as much money as possible - and then some. Get used to the term "One time restructuring cost" you will see it every quarter. No matter what Nissan does, it will be wrong.
      uberfallz
      • 2 Years Ago
      at least now the motor in your MB will be the least of your problems.. VG-VQ motors are consistently award winning as much as the M-5x to N5x series for BMW for the last ten years
        sjmoo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @uberfallz
        Actually, MB powertrains have a better reputation for durability than the VQ, as great an engine as it is. If anything, Nissan will learn from this venture and come out with an even better next-generation VQ.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @uberfallz
        read the press release , uberfallz , Nissan will be using Mercedes engines , not the other way around. Nissan will manufacture MB designed engines in the US.
      ToucanSam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well then it looks like I'll be avoiding the A-class
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Nissan shall start producing 4-bangers for both Nissan and MB... and MB shall make the V8 for the next GTR!
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        those are Mercedes designed engines, but they will be built in the Nissan factory.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        No V8 for the GT-R! It does not need it!
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      And more proof corporations own the world and there is no competition or differentiation any more. Can we all go ahead and get our ID chips implanted already? NWO here we come! You will love being a corporate slave trust me.
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