Daimler, Nissan to Jointly Build Vehicles in Mexico

Daimler, Nissan to Jointly Build Vehicles in Mexico

Nissan and Daimler will build small Infiniti and Mercedes vehicles at a new plant in Mexico, that will open later this year.

The Infiniti Q30, which shares engines and some chassis components with the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover, will be the first model built at the new $2 billion Aguascalientes plant, with the GLA being one of several candidates for future production in Mexico. The GLA will initially be built at a Mercedes plant in Germany.

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The Q30 will make its official debut in concept form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and is expected to go on sale in mid-2015. Reuters reports that it could be assembled at two locations and initially may be built at Nissan’s plant in the U.K. for European customers. The U.S. market vehicles will later be built in Mexico.

Both the Q30 and GLA models were designed around a new compact car architecture developed by Daimler. It features a flexible set of lightweight chassis components that will also underpin the new CLA Class model. Previous reports stated that the German automaker could shift the production of its CLA from Hungary to Mexico when it is redesigned in 2018.

[Source: Automotive News]

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