Nissan and Daimler have been partnering ever closer for years, and now an unnamed source has told Reuters that the automakers have agreed to a 50-50 joint venture in Mexico that would build Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz models. Given that the rumors about just such a deal go back nearly six months and similar rumblings are years old, this arrangement has been a long time coming.

The insider tells Reuters that a memorandum of understanding was signed between them last month to build the Mercedes GLA-Class and new Infinitis at Nissan's Aguascalientes factory. The rumor didn't say when production would begin. It wouldn't be the first time the two automakers have decided to share this platform – Infiniti will build its Q30 compact on it in the UK next year.

The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler goes back to 2010 when the companies signed an agreement to share engines, factories and platforms. Since then, products of the partnership have included the underpinnings for the next-generation Smart and Renault Twingo and shared engines among some other models.


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      Love Great Danes
      • 9 Months Ago
      Daimler is a ***** always looking for the next trick. Well Nissan, better lube yourself up, you are going to get screwed good.
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mr Bean & Master Roshi?
      _M7_
      • 9 Months Ago
      Type your comment hereohh crap...what the hell will hapened to nissan, first they help renault teaching them how to build good engines...now what the hell with Merc? are they going to teach them about engines and electrical wiring?...I miss old nissan raw cars like B13 GTS or N14 GTi
        AGSHOP
        • 9 Months Ago
        @_M7_
        nissan has definately lost their way. They make great cars and their interiors are nice but that was for the early 2004 time periods. Now even the new chysler 200 outpaces nissan in quality and engineering. I'm impressed with the american engineers. would i ever buy one? probably not but still impressed. i wish nissan would get it back into gear and become great like they were in the early 2000s
          RM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AGSHOP
          I have two nissans which both have been flawless. Quality issues occur when you build new innovative vehicles. Ford is the worst ranked brand for reliability mostly because they are bringing innovated ideas to the market. The jeep is the same way. Look at Toyota and Honda. Both highly regarded in brand reliability and with their redesigns have all carry over drive trains. Nissans biggest downfall is the new cvt8.
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AGSHOP
          @AGSHOP chysler outpaces nissan last report I saw from CR and Jd power nissan was leading chysler, engineering? when you mean engineering are you talking about power train? do not let this market fool you, nissan have quite a few DI and DI turbo engines in other markets (MR20dd, 1.6DIG-T, 1.2 DIG-S, 1.2 DIG-T, and a new 1.6 DIG-T with 150 HP), now if you are talking about technology you must be joking because the Altima is one of the top car with alot of tech inside.And futher more nissan 38 MPG is quite hard to beat without DI compare to 35 MPG, so who have the better engineers?
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AGSHOP
          And as RM says nissan biggest issue is their new CVT8 and the problem is the software programming which alot of new cars have Ford (dual clutch) , Chrysler (ZF 9 speed), Nissan (CVT), Honda (recall the Mini van), VW (dual clutch) to name a few.
      Cruising
      • 9 Months Ago
      More engine options from Nissan would be refreshing.
      Kevin Potts
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nissan is going it get reamed like Chrysler did with Daimler.
      RetrogradE
      • 9 Months Ago
      Perfect partnership in a perfect part of the world. You can get away with (just about) anything you want in Mexico. If Diamler wants to give Nissan the Boston Snowplow or Cleveland Steamer, Mexican officials will likely look the other way. Or film it and sell it on-line.
      car-a-holic
      • 9 Months Ago
      Watch out Ghosen; Dr. Zman will find a way to shake out 40 billion from you. It's is also probably a partnership of equals. This partnership equals DB 1 Nissan/Renault 0. The good dr. Alchemist has a medicine potion for you. Do you still have the rings on your fingers after that handshake? How about your watch? You also didn't hang your coat in his closet did you? (Check your wallet). Hope you let him pay first at the restaurant. He just might ditch you when your not looking them claim your culture is different from his, leave you holding the bill(you know a date ditcher). Then he might hurry home and sell your house to the local pawn equity firm in a fire sale. Yup Ghosen, your mother won't approve of him. Beware mr. Ghosen of Wierd folk with mustaches who drive or peddle panel vans.... (Or so the saying goes something to the tune of). Ok I'm done having my fun ;)
        Joe Liebig
        • 9 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        Rofl, another Chrysler conspiracy theorist: Nobody stole from Chrysler. Get over it. It's been a crap brand with crap products for a long time. Daimler helped them build the 300 (the only 'ok' Chrsyler in a long time) and the crossfire (slk with body kit, thus another ok car). The workers still didn't know how to build quality, while Schremp, the old daimler boss, didn't really care about this while building his 'world' corporation (maximizing his compensation). Daimler lost a lot of money and time on this, and Dr Z has finally lead DAI into recovery after the lost decade.
          car-a-holic
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          lol yea they had quality issues but the Cherokee (yes old but a good design), grand Cherokee, and thier main design language was ahead of their time. Bravo for being innovators. Old school Chryco share holders did sellout, Lee Iococa called them out too, saying it was a death sentence. Db did not invest but rather ride out the cash flow and had only the desire like you stated to understand selling volume like Chryco could. The reason until now Chrysler stuff stunk was due to lack of investment. They acknowledged it and it was well known to be the case with Cerberus too. Not a conspiracy really, but that is what happened. But yea much of that line up had quality probs. I also also never woulda bought the early 300. I thought that was cheap too and was unimpressed with DB influence.
        Robert Ryan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        No partnership of equals , cutting costs to build in NAFTA. Win Win both companies.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well, too bad Americans are going to gobble up this junk together with their Mexican and Canadian counterparts.
        rotorhead1871
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        the USA is the market of last resort.....they will dump their crap here because they can,---- just like the US is still shut out of the Japanese market!!, while the Japs sell sell sell their crap here in the US.....every multinational is focused on building crap and dumping it in America.......because they allowed to...it helps that the average IQ of the american consumer is 60......
      Shahul X
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ugh... why dumpster dive with nissan? Better than that Mercedes
      Roger Smith
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Daimler Aliance with Nissan-Renault is nothing new,the person who write this is may be new to the car news or just don't research good enough.Daimler-Chrysler back on 2006 got and agreement to share the front drive know how with Mercedes and Chrysler first to get the Hornet small car a trusted chasis and second to build a cheaper A class,the chassis was a next generation Nissan Tilda,Versa,Sentra,Micra and Clio from Renault,then Chrysler was going to give them the Ram truck so Nissan can build a Titan using the dodge know how,now even in European base trim you can see how the A-class share many,many,many Nissan stuff,shame for Mercedes they used to be the company everybody like to fallow and build cars that last decades and punishment like no other,now thanks to this old mustache monopoly guy,is lost and next is Aston Martin to get by Mercedes instead to create a better cars,better design and more trust in real customers to keep the brand alive
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Roger Smith
        [blocked]
      whofan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Study history why? Because it repeats it`s self . Merger of equals. Should be very interesting.
        Robert Ryan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @whofan
        No this is a merged operation in Mexico. Mexico the winner. Then send vehicles from their to the rest of North America.
      Christopher
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hope they also plan on selling 100% of the production in that country
        lne937s
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        Although many will be sold elsewhere, Nissan is already the #1 car company in Mexico
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