A few years back, when Daimler was looking for a partner to spread the cost of development of small cars, it agreed to collaborate with Nissan on future products, such as vehicle platforms and drivetrains. The latest development in the collaboration concerns the assembly of small luxury cars for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz at a Nissan plant in Mexico, two unnamed sources told Reuters.

The plant in question, Aguascalientes, is a $2 billion project that will open later this year next to an existing Nissan factory. The upcoming Infiniti Q30 four-door hatchback is expected to be built there, possibly alongside the Mercedes GLA-Class, which is one of several candidates Mercedes is considering to build at this facility, Reuters reports. The GLA will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month, and initial production of the model will take place in Germany. The Q30 could follow a similar path, with assembly starting at Nissan's Sunderland plant in the UK, and then expanding to Aguascalientes later on.

The underlying platform of the Q30 and GLA, codenamed New Generation Compact Car (NGCC), was developed by Daimler. The Q30 would be the first Infiniti produced under the automakers' agreement. Last year, Nissan agreed to make engines that would find their way into Mercedes and Infiniti vehicles.

The NGCC platform also forms the basis of the Mercedes CLA-Class sedan that goes on sale this month, and the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, which should reach showrooms next summer, Reuters reports, but those vehicles are slated to be built in Hungary and Rastatt, Germany, respectively.


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      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everytime i see Carlos, my brain sees Mr. Bean
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh my. This CAN'T be good.
      mahalo5000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would anyone want to get in bed with Daimler?
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder how long before this repeats the Daimler/Chrysler trainwreck.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Not long as this is not a full blown merger just partnership for small cars, worse case they finish up the contract and kick them out of their plants.
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, I guess it is really Daimler/Renault/Nissan, now - Germano/Franco/Nippono/Mexicano conglomeration.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        It was that way from 2010, Daimler own 3% of Nissan/Renault and Nissan/Renault own 1.5% each respectively of Daimler. It does not only involve cars either it also involve small 3and 5 ton trucks
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Nissan.
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        it is not Nissan it is Renault which owns Nissan...and Renault and Daimler already work together, many company work together, no one has a problem that the current WK2 Jeep Grand Cherokee is based on the Daimler W166
      Rob K
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess MB and Infiniti are no longer interested in quality.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nissan is no independent car company since 1999... by Japanese law, Renault owns Nissan since they recovered Nissan from bankrupt in the late 90´s
      nbcftgohah
      • 1 Year Ago
      but those two are gone out of a Police Academy movie series ?
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOO diamler are pice of **** whit engine leaking and elecrtica lissues all time
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is like asking China to build our Tomahawk missiles. Lives depend on these products, you know? BTW, Who wants a mustache ride?!
      ilikedags
      • 1 Year Ago
      thanks nafta!
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